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Shabbat Parashat Eikev 5771
Eikev | 20 Av 5771 | 20/08/2011
Parashat Hashavuah: Just Fear of Heaven? It Depends When“Now, Israel, what does Hashem, your G-d, ask of you, just to fear Hashem, your G-d, to follow all His ways and to love Him and serve Hashem, your G-d, with all your heart and all your soul” (Devarim 10:12). The gemara (Berachot 33b) questions the most surprising part of this pasuk: Is the demand so small that Moshe would say “just”? The gemara says that from Moshe’s perspective it was a small thing. That answer begs a follow-up question: wasn’t Moshe aware that this was not so simple for other people?
Ask the Rabbi: A Chazan Wearing Short PantsI am gabbai at a minyan (without a rabbi). Sometimes, at this time of year, someone who is wearing short pants will want to be chazan. In the past we did not allow it, but now some object to my making/enforcing such rules. Are they right?
Ein Ayah: Knowing Hashem from ChildhoodRav Nachman said: A child who knows whom we bless counts for a zimun. Abayei and Rava were sitting before Rabba. Rabba asked: “Whom do we bless?” They said: “Rachmana” (Hashem, in Aramaic). “Where does He live?” Rava pointed to the roof. Abayei went outside and pointed to the sky. Rabba said: “Both of you will be rabbis.”
P'ninat Mishpat: Encroachment on Another’s Livelihood Regarding PublishingThe plaintiff (=pl) published an improved edition of a classical sefer, inserting vowels, punctuation, and footnotes, fixing the text by comparing 16 editions, adding translations of passages from Ladino, and “opening up” acronyms. He claims that the defendant (=def) copied and published an essentially identical edition with small additions, which reduced pl’s market. Pl demands that def stop sales and publication of the sefer and pay damages. Def says that while he was aided by pl’s edition, so did pl use 16 editions. He denies using pl’s work on a wholesale basis and claims that he hired his own grammatical expert (who refused to testify).
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
This edition of
is dedicated to the memory of
Rabbi Shlomo Merzel o.b.m,
Dedicated in memory of
Gital Gila Bat Eliyahu
on the occasion of her yahrzeit, Av 21st
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).