Shabbat Parashat Vaeira 5774
Va'eira | 25 Tevet 5774 | 28/12/2013
In our parasha, the promise of Israel’s liberation from Egypt is presented in a manner that Chazal call four languages of liberation: “I will take you out from the burden of Egypt, and I will save you from their service, and I will liberate you with an outstretched arm and with great blows, and I will take you for Me as a nation and will be for you a G-d” (Shemot 6:6-7). In this way, the Torah wants us to appreciate the special nature of Israel’s freedom. It must be a liberation of the spirit no less than of the body. It must not be only a freedom from any connection to Egypt but the opening of a new page in human history by introducing an independent Jewish way of thinking.
At Mincha of Shabbat, the ba’al korei did not stop at the end of the second aliya, until he read all of the third and final aliya. What should we have done for the third aliya: 1) done a regular third aliya (as a repeat); 2) gone on beyond the normal reading?
Rabbi Avin the Levi said: One who takes leave of his friend should not say to him: “Go in peace,” but should say to him, “Go to peace.” This is learned from the fact that Yitro said to Moshe “go to peace” and he succeeded, whereas David said to Avsholom “go in peace,” and he went and was hung. And Rabbi Avin the Levi said: One who takes leave of the deceased should not say “go to peace” but rather “go in peace,” as the pasuk says “You will go to your fathers in peace” (Bereishit 15:15).
The plaintiff (=pl) helped the defendant (=def), a tzedaka organization, sell two properties. Pl is asking for a percentage of the sales prices, as is standard. Def is willing to (and did) pay only according to the number of hours of work that pl put into her work. Def claims that since pl never discussed payment and then did not ask for payment right away (after def asked her how much she should get, she said she would ask experts), she was mochelet (relinquished rights to) any specific fee.
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