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Shabbat Parashat Pinchas 5772
Pinchas | 24 Tammuz 5772 | 14/07/2012
Parashat Hashavuah: Doing Mitzvot Happily, Even Amongst CryingWe have discussed in the past the connection between two wonderful and mysterious people in Tanach, Pinchas and Eliyahu, who according to many, are the same person. This week we will continue the theme. Pinchas arose and took action against the couple that was desecrating Hashem’s Name, as the nation stood by crying (bochim), and for this he was rewarded with a special brit (covenant) of peace (Bamidbar 25:6-7, 12). We find a parallel section in Tanach. A malach (which can mean, angel or messenger) of Hashem came to the people at Bochim and reminded them that Hashem took them out of Egypt and warned them not to break their brit with Him. The place was called Bochim because of the crying (Shoftim 2:1-5). Chazal connect between the two episodes recorded in different books in Tanach and say that the malach in Sefer Shoftim is actually Pinchas (Vayikra Rabba 1).
Ask the Rabbi: Using More Water Than Needed for Netilat YadayimFrom what I have learned, our standard washing cups hold much more water than is needed for netilat yadayim. We in Israel certainly cannot afford to waste water. How much water must the cup hold, and how much of that must we pour over each hand?
Ein Ayah: Adjusting to the Students’ Training[Rava] said: “I saw [in my dream] that Abayei’s house fell, and it covered me with dirt.” [The interpreter] responded: “Abayei will die, and his academy will join you.”
P'ninat Mishpat: Dispute over Sales Price and Product Quality – part IThe plaintiff (=pl) sold a large amount of oil and dried dates to a grocery store owner (=def). Def did not pay right away and after time refused to pay much of the bill for the following reasons. Def does not remember what price they had decided on for the oil and thinks that the amount demanded is too high. The dates became wormy over time. Def claims that he kept the dates properly refrigerated and blames pl for having transported the dates to him in an non-refrigerated transport. Pl responded that other people to whom he sold dates in a similar manner did not have problems of infestation, and he therefore suspects that def did not store them properly.
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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).