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Shabbat Parashat Shemot 5774
Shemot | 18 Tevet 5774 | 21/12/2013
Parashat Hashavua: Israel Shall Bud and BlossomThere are three different minhagim about the choice of this week’s haftara. The Rambam says we read Yechezkel 16, which contains a description of the state of Bnei Yisrael in Egypt preceding the exodus. Most Sephardi communities read the beginning of Yirmiyahu, where Yirmiyahu’s appointment as a prophet (parallel to Moshe’s appointment) is discussed. The Ashkenazi minhag is to read from Yeshaya, a section that begins with the following inspiring pasuk [Ed. note- I will try to translate literally, since the correct translation depends on which of the following explanations one accepts): “Those that come (haba’im) will be rooted, Yaakov, they will bud and blossom, Israel, and the face of the world will be full with produce” (Yeshaya 27:6).
Ask the Rabbi: Providing Non-Kosher Food for Non-Jewish WorkersWhere I come from, it is very common for employers to provide non-kosher food for their live-in household help. Is that permitted?
Ein Ayah: Heavenly but HumanRav Avin the Levi said: Whoever partakes of a meal in which a talmid chacham (Torah scholar) dwells is as if he partakes in the glow of the Divine Presence. This is learned from the pasuk (Shemot 18:12): “Aharon and all the elders of Israel came to eat bread with Moshe’s father-in-law before Hashem.” Did they eat before Hashem? Didn’t they eat before Moshe? Rather, this teaches us that whoever partakes of a meal in which a talmid chacham (Torah scholar) dwells is as if he partakes in the glow of the Divine Presence.
P'ninat Mishpat: Falling Asleep Behind the Steering WheelReuven took his neighbor Shimon along with him when driving to Haifa. In the middle of the trip, Reuven fell asleep at the wheel and got into an accident, because of which Shimon was hospitalized for a month and incurred medical expenses. Shimon requested that Reuven pay him for time missed from work (shevet) and medical expenses (ripuy). Reuven does not feel he is responsible to pay, since the damage happened through oness (extenuating circumstances).
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
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).