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Shabbat Parashat Teruma 5772
Terumah | 2 Adar 5772 | 25/02/2012
Parashat Hashavuah: The Building of the Temple – What and When?Our parasha deals with the construction of the Mishkan (Tabernacle), the spiritual center of the Jewish people. This is where the Divine Presence dwelled, as the pasuk says: “They shall build for Me a sanctuary, and I will dwell in their midst” (Shemot 25:8). After Bnei Yisrael entered Eretz Yisrael, the Mishkan was situated in Shilo for hundreds of years, and this was the place where people came to bring sacrifices and come thrice yearly for their religious duties. However, there is no hint that Shilo had any role in other elements of running the country, governmentally or judicially. This is in contrast to the situation in the desert, where Moshe’s leadership emanated from the Mishkan. It was there that Moshe continued to receive the teachings that made up the Torah, until it was sealed in the 40th year in the desert, upon Moshe’s death.
Ask the Rabbi: Use of a Crock Pot on ShabbatI have questions about crock pot use on Shabbat. I have heard of people covering the heating element with foil, placing something to prop up the pot, or covering or removing the knob. What is correct? May I add hot water on Shabbat if the chulent is drying out?
Ein Ayah: Extra Spiritual Leaders Adds Extra SpiritualityAbayei said: One must thank Hashem [with Birkat Hagomel] before ten people, as the pasuk says: “They will extol Him in an assemblage of the nation” (Tehillim 107:32). Mar Zutra said: “Two of them must be rabbis, as the pasuk says: “…and in an assemblage of elders they will praise Him” (ibid.).
P'ninat Mishpat: Pay for Imperfect WorkThe defendant (=def) hired the plaintiff (=pl) to make a garden and build a walkway from it to def’s home for a certain price. Def paid half of the price before the work commenced, but now is unwilling to pay the rest. He claims that the work on the walkway was done unprofessionally in a number of aspects. He is willing to pay only that which corresponds to pl’s out-of-pocket expenses. He says that it will take 2,000 shekels to fix that which pl did improperly, and he is not willing for pl to attempt to do it himself due to lack of trust in his professional abilities.
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Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l
This edition of
Rabbi Shlomo Merzel o.b.m,
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ben Chayim HaCohen Kaplan
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).