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Shabbat Parashat Korach 5773
Korach | 30 Sivan 5773 | 08/06/2013
Parashat Hashavua: Aviram Lives on and Dies AgainOne of the main partners in the crime of Korach, in the attack on the leadership of Moshe, was Aviram (counterpart, actually brother, of Datan). Besides the Torah narrative, Aviram also receives mention in Tehillim (106:16-17): “They were jealous against Moshe in the encampment, about Aharon, Hashem’s holy one. The earth opened and swallowed Datan, and it covered up the congregation of (adat) Aviram.” The term “adat Aviram” is interesting, in comparison to the more famous term from the Chumash, “adat Korach” (see Bamidbar 26:9; Bamidbar 27:3).
Ask the Rabbi: Tasting Non-Kosher WineI will be touring France, and our group will be doing wine tasting with wine that has no hashgacha. It is permitted to taste the wine if I spit it out thereafter?
Ein Ayah: Fit to Teach the Masses“The man was, at the time of Shaul, an elder, who came with people” (Shmuel I:17:12). This is Yishai the father of David, who would go out with an ochlusa (a very large group), would enter with an ochlusa, and would teach with an ochlusa.
P'ninat Mishpat: The Return of Equipment that Was Given or Lent – part IThe plaintiff’s (=pl) daughter-in-law (=dil) worked in a preschool run by the defendant (=def). Over the years, pl presented the school with thousands of shekels of equipment. After several years, dil left the school and the field of early childhood, after which pl demanded return of the equipment. Def objected, as she viewed the equipment as a donation, based on which she had thrown out old but usable equipment. Pl insists that she told def before the donations began and over the years that it was just on loan. At some point, pl threatened def that she would bring workers to take the equipment, relenting only when def agreed to sign a letter acknowledging the equipment was a loan that would be returned if and when a close relative of pl would start a preschool. A year later, pl’s daughter planned to open a preschool. Def sent some equipment in a manner that pl describes as too late (allegedly contributing to the inability of the daughter to open the pre-school), partial, and damaged. Pl now demands payment for the lent materials, which she thinks are no longer in good enough condition to take back.
Rabanit Itah bat Chana
amongst the sick
of Klal Yisrael
This edition of
Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
is endowed by
Les & Ethel Sutker
Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l
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).