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Shabbat Parashat Miketz 5774
Miketz | 27 Kislev 5774 | 30/11/2013
Parashat Hashavua: Who’s on Top?The parasha opens with an account of Pharaoh’s dreams: “Pharaoh was dreaming and he was standing on the Nile” (Bereishit 41:1). Chazal already pointed out that “wicked people exist on top of their gods” (Bereishit Rabba 69:3). The Nile was a god of the Egyptians because it sustained them, allowing a valley in the midst of a burning desert to be a flowering pearl. An Egyptian god is a god to the extent that “it provides” what is needed; a defeated nation may give up on their god. Egypt knew how critical the Nile was to its existence and prosperity and kept it looking good and provided all the “luxuries” they thought it would enjoy. Idol worship is seen as a symbiotic relationship. One gives to an idol based on an assumption that by giving, the worshipper will receive more in return.
Ask the Rabbi: The Need for a Shamash Candle These DaysIs there a need for a shamash (extra candle) for our Chanuka candles now that we have plenty of electric light?
Ein Ayah: Individuals Prepared for the Nation’s BlessingsRabbi Eliezer the son of Rabbi Yossi Hagelili opened his remarks and expounded: That which it says (Shmuel II 6:12): “Hashem blessed the house of Oved Edom because of the Ark of Hashem” teaches the following kal vachomer. If the Ark, which did not eat or drink, but [Oved] just cleaned the area, received [such a blessing], one who hosts a talmid chacham in his home, gives him to eat and to drink, and has him benefit from his property, is all the more so [worthy of reward].What was the blessing [that the host of the Holy Ark] received? Rav Yehuda bar Zavda said: The mother-in-law and her eight daughters-in-law gave birth to sextuplets.
P'ninat Mishpat: Applying the Law for the Protection of a TenantThe plaintiff (=pl) has been renting an apartment from the defendants’ (=def) father and after his death from them for a long time, on a monthly basis. Now, pl claims rights under the Law for the Protection a Tenant and wants to sublet the property and receive part of the key money.
amongst the sick
of Klal Yisrael
Rabanit Itah bat Chana
Mr. Eliyahu ben Sara Zelda Carmel
Mrs. Racheli Bat Rozi Bouskila
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
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).