Shabbat Parashat Vayeitzei |5770
Vayeitzei | 11 Kislev 5770 | 11/28/2009
The Arab state of Syria is situated approximately where the ancient nation of Aram once stood. This nation had a major impact on its Israelite neighbors until the two were exiled by the Assyrian Kingdom
Regarding the machloket between the Magen Avraham (= MA) and the Gra on the times of the day, why are we lenient like the Gra in regard to questions of d’oryata (Torah-level laws) such as sof z’man Kri’at Shema (=szks)?
One should not walk in a cemetery with tefillin on his head and a sefer Torah in his arm and read. If he did so, the following pasuk applies to him: “One who scoffs at the poor blasphemes his Maker” (Mishlei 17:5).
The gemara (Bava Batra 21a) deals with a case where a better Torah teacher than the present one is found: “One who teaches Torah to children, but there is one who teaches better than he, he is not removed, lest he be negligent. Rav Dimi from Naharda’a said: all the more so that he will teach better, for the jealousy among scholars increases wisdom.” Rashi explains that the first opinion’s concern about negligence is based on the assumption that the newly appointed teacher will be so confident about his security that he will not dedicate himself sufficiently. The second opinion posits that since he replaced someone, the new teacher will be nervous that the removed teacher might embarrass him if he fails to do the job properly.
This week we will deviate from our regular format and deal with a non-Halachic passage from the Daf Hayomi. This passage is unique in that even Rishonim who usually comment only on the Halachic passages, address this passage. The Gemara (99a) deals with the way the Keruvim (cherubs) were placed in the Mishkan and in the Beit Hamikdash.
Hemdat Yamim is dedicated in memory of
Shirley, Sara Rivka bat
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A weekly divrei Torah leaflet: A Glimpse at the Parasha, Ask the Rabbi, From the writings of Harav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook, zt”l, Pninat Mishpat (Jewish Monetary Law).