Shabbat Parashat Shemini 5773
Shemini | 26 Nisan | 06/04/2013
During the inaugural period of the Mishkan, Aharon was commanded: “Draw close to the altar and do your sin offering and your olah offering” (Vayikra 9:7). Rashi (ad loc.) points out that Moshe had to encourage Aharon to bring the offerings because Aharon was embarrassed. The Ramban (ad loc.) explains that his embarrassment was due to his central involvement in the Sin of the Golden Calf, about which Moshe had asked months before: “What did this nation do to you that you brought upon it such a great sin?” (Shemot 32:21). Thus it would seem that Aharon needed atonement for the sin of the Golden Calf. On the other hand, Chazal tell us, based on the pasuk, “Aharon saw and built an altar” (Shemot 32:5) that Aharon saw Chur slaughtered for opposing the people and was afraid that if they killed Aharon as well, the sin would be so great that they would have no repair (Sanhedrin 7a). His noble calculation, then, seemed to be correct, so what sin did Aharon still have?
Those of us who appreciate fine wine take steps to protect leftover wine from Shabbat to Shabbat. I use a special pump and bottle top to remove the air that causes oxidation. I can pump after Shabbat (nothing happens for around a week), but I prefer to take care of it immediately so as not to forget. Is it permitted to pump on Shabbat, or is it hachana (forbidden preparation from Shabbat to weekday)?
All those who completed berachot in the Mikdash would say, “min haolam” (forever, as olam means biblically, but can be understood as in the totality of this world). When the heretics caused deterioration and said that that there is only one world, it was instituted to say “min haolam v’ad haolam” (from world to world).
Neighbors made a request together, based on building plans, to change the taba (urban building plans) of their apartment to enable them to build beyond the original limits of their building. Pl received permission to build more than def asked for. Def is countersuing to receive tashlumei izun (payment by an owner/partner in a building to other owners for the amount above his ownership portion of the building that he used in his expansion).
Rabanit Itah bat Chana
Mr. Shmuel ben
Rosa Shoshana Rosenhak
amongst the sick
of Klal Yisrael
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