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Shabbat Parashat Vaetchanan 5773
Vaetchanan | 13 Av 5773 | 20/07/2013
Parashat Hashavua: The Reward for a Mitzva Is Only a MitzvaLast week we dealt with the question of the pay for a dayan and his disqualification if he receives pay for ruling on a specific case. We will continue the basic discussion from a slightly different vantage point, which is very relevant and timely. We mentioned that even though a dayan may not demand money for the action of sitting in judgment itself, he can receive compensation for the losses he sustained from being away from his normal activities while involved in judgment. The classic case is when he is employed in a different profession and must take off time from it to adjudicate, in which case he is compensated for lost revenue.
Ask the Rabbi: Standing for a Chatan and a KallaIs there a reason to stand for a chatan (groom) and a kalla (bride) as they enter the chupa (wedding canopy)?
Ein Ayah: Seeing Hashem’s Greatness through IsraelHe expounded on the pasuk (Divrei Hayamim I, 29:11): “To you, Hashem, are the greatness, the strength, the grandeur, the eternity, and the glory, for all that is in the heavens and the earth; to You, Hashem, is the kingdom and the supremacy over every leader.” “For all that is in the heavens and the earth” refers to the battle against Sisra, as the pasuk says, “From the heavens they fought” (Shoftim 5:20). “To You, Hashem, is the kingdom” refers to the war with Amalek, as it says: “He said: ‘For the hand is on Hashem’s throne’” (Shemot 17:16). “And the supremacy (v’hamitnaseh)” refers to the war of Gog and Magog, and so it is written, “Behold, I am upon you Gog, the leader (nasi), the head of Meshech and Tuval” (Yechezkel 38:3).
P'ninat Mishpat: Use of a Cemetery for Sewage PipesFor hundreds of years there has been a drainage problem in Tzfat, since the cemetery is spread across the bottom of the old part of the city. To remedy the situation, the authorities made a drainage pool on top of the cemetery and used a pumping system to send the water elsewhere. However, there was still seepage into the cemetery, and whenever leaks and malfunctions developed in the pump, sewage went into the cemetery. Thus, the present system causes more problems for the cemetery than it solved.
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
Hemdat Yamim of
in memory of
ben Yehuda Leib Usdan a"h,
is the 29th of Av
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).