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Shabbat Parashat Vayishlach 5772
Vayishlach | 14 Kislev 5772 | 10/12/2011
Parashat Hashavuah: A Leap of Faith for All InvolvedWe have discussed the connection between events in the aftermath of Shimon and Levi’s battle in Shechem (Bereishit 35:1-4), the reaffirmation of the acceptance to serve Hashem in Shechem at Yehoshua’s time (Yehoshua 24), and the giving of the Torah. Just as at Sinai we accepted belief in Hashem alone to the exclusion of anything related to idolatry, so too in both cases at Shechem, the people accepted to not dabble in any form of idolatry. Therefore, with very similar language in the two places, the leaders (Yaakov and Yehoshua) told their followers to remove idols and the like.
Ask the Rabbi: Reciting Three Parshiyot of Shema Before DaveningWhen I wake up soon before the end time of Kri’at Shema (sof z’man Kri’at Shema = szKS), must I say all three parshiyot before davening? Regarding the third parasha the Torah does not write “… and when you rise”!
Ein Ayah: Bentching in the Place of Indulging[Regarding] one who ate and forgot to bentch, Beit Shammai say: He should return to his place and bentch. Beit Hillel say: He should bentch at the place that he remembered.
P'ninat Mishpat: Return of Money After Unused ServicesThe plaintiff’s (=pl) mother (=dec) moved to Israel in her nineties and settled in an assisted-living home (=def), which served her well. The contract, signed soon after the mother moved in, stated that non-refundable payments to def would be made at the beginning of every month for the whole month. On Jan. 4, pl paid a monthly charge, and later on that day, dec suddenly died. After shiva, pl demanded a refund of half of the month’s payment since services were not rendered for the majority of the month. She made three claims. She signed a standard contract, which, according to legislation, must not be discriminatory, as a non-refund clause is. Also, when the contract was signed (after dec was settled), it would have been unfair to dec to move her around, and therefore it was signed under duress. Finally, it is immoral to make someone pay for services that were not rendered. Def claim that it is logical to have a one-month, no-refund policy because often the quarters are not re-occupied for a certain period, as happened here. They add that the room was set aside during shiva to have a candle lit in it. Def is willing, beyond the letter of the law, to return a fifth of the payment out of respect for dec.
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