Shabbat Parashat Nitzavim 5772
Nitzavim | 28 Elul 5772 | 15/09/2012
One of the central prayers on Rosh Hashana is “rule over the entire world…” At first glance, why do we pray and have such longings for a situation wherein there is dominion upon us? Aren’t we better off without the extra yoke? Isn’t freedom one of the most pleasant and even uplifting feelings that exist?
I don’t understand why a woman cannot blow shofar on behalf of a man, if he personally hears the shofar being blown?
If one calls out in prayer over something in the past (i.e., that is already determined) this is a worthless prayer. For example, if one whose wife is pregnant prays: “May it be His will that my wife will give birth to a boy,” this is a worthless prayer. Or, if one was on the road and hears cries of anguish in the city, and he prays: “May it be His will that it is not from my home,” this is a worthless prayer.
The plaintiff (=pl) wants to rent a home in a yishuv (a communal settlement) (=def). The yishuv’s rules state that one must be accepted by the va'adat kabbala (=vaka; acceptance committee) in order to do so, and vaka rejected pl. She claims that the head of vaka attributed the decision to her age and lack of financial resources and that these reasons are unacceptable. Furthermore, pl argues that no group should have authority to limit who can live on government-owned land, and that the halachic requirements for such a rule were not met. Def responds that the need for acceptance to the yishuv by vaka is the minhag of the yishuv from its inception and that private statements of the head of vaka do not have public standing.
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