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Shabbat Parashat Devarim 5771
Devarim | 6 Av 5771 | 06/08/2011
Parashat Hashavuah: Crying: A Two-Edged SwordOur parasha mentions crying in connection to the Sin of the Spies, and the start of Megillat Eicha (1:2) features it prominently in the aftermath of the churban habayit (destruction of the Beit Hamikdash). The gemara (Taanit 29a) famously connects the two: “You cried for no reason; I will set for you a weeping for generations (on the same night, as all these events occurred on Tish’a B’av).”
Ask the Rabbi: Saying Tefillat Haderech by MicrophoneI often take an intercity bus ride with a group of peers. One person has been reciting Tefillat Hederech over a microphone, and everyone answers Amen. Are we properly fulfilling the mitzva by microphone?
Ein Ayah: Choice of the Individual, Not the Collective[Regarding a full zimun of ten, in which Hashem’s Name is invoked,] nine regular men and one eved (an originally gentile servant of a Jew, who accepts to keep most mitzvot but is not a convert) can combine [to make the zimun].
P'ninat Mishpat: Beit Din Ruling Based on Secular LawThere was a fundamental machloket between the regional and supreme rabbinical courts regarding a case where litigants committed in advance to have their interactions governed by relevant non-Torah laws, but they came to beit din to adjudicate in that context. There are three approaches beit din could take: 1. Refuse to hear the case, having it to go to secular court (regional court); 2. Hear the case, following Torah law; 3. Hear the case, applying the non-Torah laws the sides accepted (supreme court). A halachic analysis follows.
This edition of
is endowed by
Les & Ethel Sutker
Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l
of this week
is dedicated in memory of
Yitzchak Eizik ben
Yehuda Leib Usdan a"h,
whose Yahrtzeit is the 29th of Av
is dedicated to the memory of
Rabbi Shlomo Merzel o.b.m,
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).