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Shabbat Parashat Bereishit 5776
Bereishit | 27 Tishrei 5776 | 10/10/2015
Parashat Hashavua: Fighting for BreadHashem decreed upon man, as a result of Adam’s sin: “… the ground will be cursed for you; with hardship shall you eat from it all the days of your life. Thorns and thistles will it grow for you, and you shall eat the grass (plants?) of the field. With the sweat of your brow shall you eat bread …” (Bereishit 3:17-19).
Ask the Rabbi: Shabbat CruisesI signed up for an Israeli round-trip pleasure cruise to European destinations. The ship will be “covering ground” at sea on Shabbat? Is there a heter to be in such a situation?
Ein Ayah: Beware of Foreign FragrancesA certain mother-in-law hated her daughter-in-law. The mother-in-law told her to adorn herself with afarsamon oil. She did so [apparently, excessively]. When the daughter-in-law came, the mother-in-law said: “Light a candle,” which the daughter-in-law did. The mother-in-law blew on the fire [setting the oil on the daughter-in-law’s body ablaze], and it consumed her.
P'ninat Mishpat: Changing a Community Tax Assessment[There was common function of the Jewish community to collect “taxes” both for paying the government as a group and for the needs of the community, including supporting the poor. While there are some halachic guidelines, each community had its own ways of dealing with the task of assessing and collecting these dues.] When Reuven, who was known to be a rich man, died, 400 gold coins were taken for taxes from his estate, as per the last assessment when he was alive. Reuven’s son-in-law claims that he left only 4,000 coins, so the assessment is too high. Should the assessment be lowered?
to the memory of:
for our homeland.
Mrs. Sara Wengrowsky
bat R’ Moshe Zev a”h.
who passed away on
10 Tamuz, 5774
Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
R ' Yaakov ben Abraham & Aisha
Chana bat Yaish & Simcha
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).