Shabbat Parashat Tazria| 5771
Tazria | 27 Adar Beit 5771 | 4/2/2011
The beginning of our parasha, famous for its detail on the subject of tzara’at (approximately, leprosy), mentions a very important mitzva, seemingly in passing: “Should a woman … give birth to a male, he should have his foreskin circumcised on the eighth day” (Vayikra 12:3). While many halachot of mila are learned from the section in Lech Lecha, Chazal learn here that the mila is done even on Shabbat, provided that the mother gave birth to him normally and not through a Caesarian section (Shabbat 132a).
What is the preferred manner of disposing of the piece of challa that one takes from her dough: burning it or wrapping it up and throwing it in the garbage?
Rav Chisda and Rav Hamnuna were served dates and pomegranates during a meal. Rav Hamuna took a date to make a beracha on it first. Rav Chisda asked: “Do you not agree with Rav Yosef that whatever [fruit] is earlier in the pasuk [praising Eretz Yisrael’s fruit: “A Land of wheat and barley, grapes, figs, and pomegranates; a Land of olive oil and [date] honey” (Devarim 8:8)] receives the earlier beracha? He answered: “[Date] is second after ‘a Land,’ and [pomegranate] is fifth after ‘a Land.’” He said to him: “Who will give us legs of iron so we will be able to hear you [wherever you go].”
A couple signed a divorce settlement, which stated: “The apartment will be in the woman’s possession (birshut ha’isha).” (The apartment was owned jointly.) Some time later, she (=def) sold the apartment. The former husband (=pl) protested, as he said that the clause only allowed her to live in the apartment, not to obtain full ownership of it.
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