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Shabbat Parashat Tazria Metzora 5772
Tazria | 29 Nissan 5772 | 21/04/2012
Parashat Hashavuah: United by the MoonThis week, Jewish communities will be reading three parshiyot: in Israel, Tazria and Metzora, and, in Chutz La’aretz, Shemini. We might expect to read different haftarot as well, but baruch Hashem, we are united by the upcoming Rosh Chodesh and thereby the famous haftara, “Machar Chodesh.” The haftara is ostensibly chosen because of the phrase Yonatan said to David, “Tomorrow, is the new moon.” This was the introduction to his secret plan to let David know if he must flee from the ire of Yonatan’s father, King Shaul, or whether he could return.
Ask the Rabbi: Rejecting Stringencies on KetubotWhy shouldn’t situation XX affect the validity of one’s ketuba? I have searched and found that Rabbi YY says it is a problem. What is your opinion?
Ein Ayah: The Attributes of a LeaderWe do not appoint a leader for a community without consulting with the community. We learn this from the pasuk: “Moshe said to Bnei Yisrael: ‘See that Hashem called in the name of Betzalel’” (Shemot 35:30). Hashem said to Moshe: “Moshe, is Betzalel fit in your eyes?” Moshe responded: “If he is fitting in Your eyes, then certainly he is in mine.” Hashem said: “Even so, go tell Bnei Yisrael.” Moshe went and said to Israel: “Is Betzalel fit in your eyes?” They said to him: “If he is fit in Hashem’s eyes and yours, then certainly he is in ours.”
P'ninat Mishpat: Unsigned Estimates for a Contractor- part IThe defendant (=def) wanted to do major renovations in her home and asked the plaintiff (=pl), a contractor, for an estimate. After presenting a detailed price estimate, pl was chosen and began working; def never signed the estimate. During the course of the work, many changes were made to the original plan, without additional estimates being made. There is now a dispute over payment. Def feels that pl overcharged for many of the elements of the job and that she should not be bound by charges to which she never agreed. She feels this is true not only regarding the changes but even regarding some of the originally stated prices. She explains that this is why she did not sign the estimate. Pl says that not only is def bound by his price estimates, but since he can prove that the prices for the new elements of the job are his standard prices, she is bound by them since she did not ask for a new estimate. Additionally, some of the new elements were just additional units of work included in the original estimate.
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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).