Shabbat Parashat Metzora| 5771
Metzora | 5 Nissan 5771 | 4/9/2011
The Torah (Vayikra 14:13) says that the korban asham (guilt offering) that the metzora (“halachic leper”) brings upon being purified is slaughtered in the same place as the chatat and olah offerings (to the north of the altar). Chazal (see Rashi, ad loc.) ask that this seems superfluous, as all korbanot asham are slaughtered in this place. The answer that Rashi cites is that since there is a process of standing the metzora and the korban by the opening of the Mishkan, which is unique among ashamot, we might think that the place of the slaughtering would also be different.
Should one follow the minhag to put out ten pieces of bread before bedikat chametz? I have heard people question the minhag’s logic.
Rav Chiya bar Ashi said in the name of Rav: He who washes his hands first at the end [of the meal] is the appropriate one to make the beracha (lead bentching). Rav and Rav Chiya were sitting in front of Rabbi [Yehuda Hanasi] in a meal. Rabbi said to Rav: “Get up, and wash your hands.” [Rav Chiya] saw that [Rav] was trembling and said to him: “… he was telling you to prepare to lead bentching.”
The plaintiff sold an apartment to the defendant years ago, but only he, and not his wife (a joint owner), signed the contract. After problems transferring a mortgage, he wants to invalidate the sale with the claim that his wife did not authorize it.
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