Shabbat Parashat Vayeitzei 5772
Vayeitzei | 7 Kislev 5772 | 03/12/2011
Yaakov’s famous dream of a ladder set on the ground with its top reaching the Heavens (Bereishit 28:12) separates between the stories of strife between Yaakov and Eisav and the impending arrival of Yaakov at the home of Lavan. While elements of the dream are related to the upcoming events, we will take a look at elements that relate it to Yaakov’s relationship with Eisav.
If people were sitting in the beit midrash (study hall) and a light was brought before them, Beit Shammai say: Everyone makes the beracha himself. Beit Hillel say: One makes a beracha on behalf of the rest, because it says: “With a multitude of the nation, it is grandeur for the King” (Mishlei 14:28). We understand Beit Hillel, for they explain their reason, but what is the reasoning of Beit Shammai? They reasoned that [doing it together] would cause there to be a cessation of study in the beit midrash. Similarly it says in a baraita: In Rabban Gamliel’s study hall, they would not say “marpeh” (you should be healthy) [when they sneezed] due to cessation of study in the beit midrash.
A woman living in Israel needed a get from her husband living abroad. The Chief Rabbinate sent a private investigator to find him, which he did. The head of the closest beit din wrote a get, which was sent back to Israel with the investigator being the shaliach (agent) for its delivery. Can the get be given in a valid manner considering that this shaliach is not observant? There were also other problems with the get including the fact that one of the names of the wife that was supposed to be in the get was missing.
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