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Shabbat Parashat Acharei Mot Kedoshim 5773
Acharei Mot | 10 Iyar 5773 | 14/04/2013
Parashat Hashavua: Slaughter in the DesertThe Torah forbade slaughtering cattle and flock in the desert other than in the Mishkan for the purpose of a korban (Vayikra 17:3-7). The commentators and indeed the Tannaim, centuries before them, disputed the question of how broad and long-lasting this prohibition was (see Chulin 16b). According to Rabbi Yishmael (accepted by the Ramban) there was a special prohibition in the desert not to eat any meat other than in the framework of a korban. Thus, these p’sukim are discussing not only animals consecrated for a korban but also simple animals a person wanted to eat. According to this approach, there was an unusual phenomenon. The Torah (Devarim 12:20-22), on the eve of the entry to Eretz Yisrael, lifted the prohibition and allowed non-sanctified animals to be slaughtered outside the Mikdash. According to Rabbi Akiva (accepted by Rashi), there was no prohibition of the slaughter for normal consumption of non-sanctified animals. Rather, our p’sukim are referring to animals that were sanctified for korbanot, which must be done in the Mikdash.
Ask the Rabbi: Staging a Fake Pidyon HabenI often serve as the kohen for pidyon haben. A friend told me he was a kohen at a fake pidyon haben: the mother had previously miscarried, and they were embarrassed to tell, so they faked the pidyon. If such a situation arises, what should I do?
Ein Ayah: No Need to Believe When You KnowHow do we know that they did not answer Amen in the Mikdash? It is as the pasuk says: “Rise and bless Hashem, your G-d, from eternity to eternity” (Nechemia 9:5). It also says: “They will bless Your glorious Name, which is more lofty than any blessing or praise” (ibid.).
P'ninat Mishpat: Rent on Interim PeriodThe plaintiff (=pl) rented an apartment and paid the rent until the final date of the contract – 15.09.11. The defendants (=def) agreed to rent it from the landlord from the same date and were also paying for their old apartment until that day. Def wanted to enter the apartment as early as possible (before the contract’s beginning date), and the landlord had pl and def work out between them arrangements for the transfer of the key and the practical elements of changing renters. Pl gave def the keys on 01.09.11. Pl received permission from def to leave a modem in the apartment, and the modem is now not to be found. Pl demands of def to pay half of a month’s rent (1,750 shekels) to him to compensate pl for use of the apartment before 15.09.11, as pl had paid the landlord for that time and def was using it. Pl also demands payment of 358 shekels for the modem which was lost under def’s guard. Def counters that he too was paid up in his old apartment until 15.09 and thus he did not gain significantly by receiving the key early. Therefore, he should not have to pay for the use of the apartment.
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