Shabbat Parashat Haazinu 5773
Ha'azinu | 13 Tishrei 5773 | 29/09/2012
Once again we will hear the eternal song of Haazinu, bursting forth from the ancient Torah scrolls, and the ear will never be tired of hearing it. Again we will we accept with feelings of embarrassment and guilt the echo of the testimony of the two important witnesses, the heavens and the earth, who witnessed the conditions spelled out in the song. They heard the balance between blessing and curses and have seen our behavior over the generations. Slowly the parchment is disappearing from the left-side pillar of the Torah as we reach the end of the Torah and the description of the end of the life of Moshe Rabbeinu, the greatest prophet in the history of our nation. As we read the parshiyot of his parting from the nation, we see that it is not the matter of the end of his life that concerned him, but the knowledge that he did not complete his life mission. The Land to which he strove to lead the nation and which now was laid out before him to see he would not be able to enter. “For from the opposite side you will see the Land and there you will not go to the Land that I am giving to Bnei Yisrael” (Devarim 32:52).
When does discoloration of an etrog render it not kosher?
Yehuda bar Natan was walking behind Rav Hamnunah and saw that he was sighing. He said to him: “Do you want to bring torment on yourself, as the pasuk says: ‘For I feared a fear and it came upon me, and that which I dreaded came to me’ (Iyov 3:25)?” He responded: “Doesn’t it say: ‘Praiseworthy is one who is constantly fearful’ (Mishlei 28:14)?” That is referring to fear in matters of Torah.
The plaintiff (=pl) worked successfully for an Israeli hi-tech company (=IHTC). The owners of ITHC (=def), along with pl, started a similar company in America (=SCA), managed by pl, which did not work out well, for reasons that are disputed. Def told pl to return to Israel, replaced him with a different manager, and offered $68,000 to buy pl out. The parties argued about whether pl must commit to not compete with IHTC, and therefore the agreement was not carried out. Pl demands that the deal be carried through, as he already agreed to not compete. Def claim that the agreement never reached a stage of finalization and that they were not aware of the bad state of SCA until they assumed control of it. As a result, they also countersue for $68,000 for the irresponsible way pl ran the company.
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