Shabbat Parashat Vayakhel Pekudei 5772
Vayakhel | 23 Adar 5772 | 17/03/2012
Our second parasha begins with an inventory, by type and amount, of the materials donated and used in the preparation of the Mishkan (Tabernacle). The midrash (Tanchuma, Pekudei 4) asks: “Why did Moshe make an accounting with them when Hashem trusted him, as the pasuk says: “My servant, Moshe, is not that way; in all My house he is trustworthy” (Bamidbar 12:7)?” The midrash gives a frightening answer from which we should learn for all generations. It says that Moshe heard people speaking about him: “Look at all the things he has. He eats from the Jews’ property, drinks from the Jews’ property, and all that he has is from the Jews.” Another one said: “Would you think that the one who is in charge of all the work of the Mishkan would not be rich?” The Midrash concludes that Moshe decided that when he finished the Mishkan, he would do an exact accounting of everything that was collected and used.
When I wait six hours after eating meat, is it permitted to eat chezkat chalavi (assumed to have absorbed taste from dairy utensils) foods?
Is it so that praying for a long time is good? Doesn’t Rabbi Yochanan say that whoever prays for a long time and looks into it will ultimately come to heartache? …and doesn’t Rabbi Yitzchak say that three things bring up one’s sins: a leaning wall, looking into one’s prayer, and handing over to Hashem complaints against a person (relying on Hashem to punish him)? It depends if one just has a long prayer, which is good, or whether he also looks into it (Rashi – he reasons that since he prayed with strong concentration, Hashem will certainly do as he requested).
The plaintiff (=pl) has had the only store that sells and services computers in a small urban neighborhood. Recently, the defendant (=def), a member of the same community, has opened up a very similar business on the same street, has advertised extensively, and is offering special deals. Pl is generally hurt by the competition and specifically cannot compete with what he claims are unsustainable prices designed to push him out of business. Def claims that he has a right to open a store wherever he likes and to provide his customers with attractive prices.
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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).