Shabbat Parashat Vayishlach 5774
Vayishlach | 13 Kislev 5774 | 16/11/2013
When the Rabbis want to give an example of a pasuk that is ostensibly unimportant, the one they often chose is “Timna was a concubine” (Bereishit 36:12). The commentaries have reinforced the message that we believe that there is no difference between the pasuk of Shema, where we declare Hashem’s oneness, and the pasuk about Timna (see Rabbeinu Bachyei ad loc.). The Shelah explained further that every pasuk hints at the loftiest possible ideas, even if it seems of little interest. He points out that the letters of Timna are the opening letters of four consecutive words in the famous pasuk about Torah, “The Torah of Hashem is perfect, it revives the spirit; the testimony …” (temima meshivat nefesh eidut) (Tehillim 19:8).
Psychologists sometimes believe that a patient’s symptoms – depression, anger, poor functioning etc. – are a result of his parent’s destructive behavior toward him. Can we encourage a patient to express his resentment to the offending parent in a controlled, appropriate manner? The goals of these interventions are to help the patient reduce his symptoms and the suppressed hatred toward the parent. This can help improve the relationship, even though, on an immediate basis, the negative feelings are legitimized and brought to the fore.
From that which it says, “For the squeezing of the milk produces butter, and the squeezing of the nose (af) produces blood, and the squeezing of anger (apayim) produces quarreling” (Mishlei 30:33), we derive the following. Where do you find the “butter of Torah”? With one who spits up the milk that he nursed from his mother by studying Torah. From the metaphor of the nose (af can mean nose or anger) we learn that a student whose teacher got angry at him once and he was silent will merit distinguishing between blood that is pure and blood that is impure. From the metaphor of anger we learn that a student whose teacher was angry at him twice (apayim can mean double af) and he was silent will merit to distinguish between monetary law and the laws of capital punishment, as R. Yishmael said: One who wants to be smart should study monetary law, as there is no subject that surpasses it, for it is like a flowing wellspring.
The plaintiff (=pl) was hired as a contractor for construction of a shul (=def) with the involvement of a building company (=bc). Bc paid half of the fees indicated in the contract. Def has been requested to pay the other half and has refused, saying that it never obligated itself to pay pl. The contract lists def and bc jointly as the mazmin (the one requesting services). The pages of the contract are initialed by a representative of bc and an authorized gabbai of def, and their signatures are on an addendum that lists materials and prices. On the other hand, def’s authorized signature is missing at the end of the contract, and in the clause about payment, it states that bc will pay pl.
amongst the sick
of Klal Yisrael
Rabanit Itah bat Chana
Mr. Eliyahu ben Sara Carmel
This edition of
Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
is endowed by
Les & Ethel Sutker
Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l
in memory of
Sara Rivka bat
Yaakov Tzvi HaCohen z”l
in memory of
R. Yona Avraham
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).