Shabbat Parashat Yitro 5774
Yitro | 17 Shevat 5774 | 18/01/2014
“The nation answered with one voice, and they said: “Everything that Hashem spoke we will do” (Shemot 24:3). While this sounds like a very enthusiastic acceptance of the Torah, we seem to have a different version of the episode. On the pasuk, “They positioned themselves under the mountain” (Shemot 19:17), the gemara (Shabbat 88a) expounds: “This teaches us that Hashem held the mountain over them and said that if they accept the Torah, good, and if not, there would be their grave.”
I am Ashkenazi. When I invite Sephardim to my house, should I be concerned to put the food on the fire, like the Sephardi rules of bishul akum, or since they are my guests, could I just turn the fire on and rely on my Ashkenazi rules even l’chatchila?
Rav Chiya bar Ashi said in the name of Rav: Torah scholars have no rest, not in this world and not in the World to Come, as the pasuk says: “They will go from strength to strength; they will be seen by Hashem in Zion” (Tehillim 84:8).
Dayanim asked the Rosh the following question to help them adjudicate properly. Reuven suspected that his wife’s brother Shimon was involved in the stealing of valuables from his house. He suspected that his wife took the objects out of the house and that Shimon then helped her hide them.
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