Shabbat Sukkot 5772
Succot | 17 Tishrei 5772 | 15/10/2011
The Torah reading (Vayikra 22-23) for the first day(s) of Sukkot presents the mitzvot of Sukkot in an interesting manner. It goes through the year’s holidays, of which Sukkot is the last, in order, focusing on the korbanot. After summarizing the year of chagim, the Torah returns to say: “But on the fifteenth day of the seventh month…” (Vayikra 23:39) and details the non-Beit Hamikdash mitzvot: the four species and then sukka. A strange pasuk separates between these latter elements: “You shall celebrate it as a festival seven days in the year; an eternal statute for your generations, in the seventh month you will celebrate it” (ibid. 41). Why say that it will be celebrated in the seventh month if it just said the holiday begins on the fifteenth of the seventh month? Also, why does this pasuk of summary and/or introduction come in between the two mitzvot?
At “side minyanim” for laining on Simchat Torah (Ashkenazi shul), should hagbaha be done at the end, before the sefer Torah is returned to the main shul?
Four things were said about bread: one should not leave raw meat on bread; one should not pass a full cup over bread; one should not throw bread; one should not rest a full tray on bread.
A married couple is separated. The husband (=pl) went to beit mishpat to order a division of property, according to which, their joint home will be sold and the money divided between the sides. The wife (=def) sued in beit din to protect her right to stay in the home for the indefinite future, to which beit din acquiesced. Pl appealed to the Supreme Rabbinical Court with the claim that beit din is not authorized to stop the implementation of the ruling of the beit mishpat.
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