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Shabbat Parashat Vayeishev | 5768
Vayeishev | 21 Kislev 5768 | 13/12/2007
A Refusal You Can’t RefuseSome people don’t to give up when reason seems to dictate that they should. Their refusal can cause them unnecessary heartache. However, sometimes stubbornness pays off. Our parasha may provide one such example.
P'ninat MishpatCase: The defendant (=def),an organization in Sderot, engaged the plaintiff (=pl), a local band, to play at a Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration. Pl canceled a performance planned for that night primarily because def’s celebration would add to its local exposure. Subsequently, an important institution decided to join the Sderot celebrations and bring a band with them for free. Def totally canceled pl’s engagement, including pl’s request to appear briefly. Pl is suing for the 5,000 shekel agreed upon fee plus damages of the lost publicity.
Moreshet Shaul[According to the instructions of the Chief Rabbinate, even farmers who sold, under the Rabbinate’s auspices, their fields to non-Jews should refrain from actions to the field and/or produce that are forbidden by the Torah at a time when the laws of Shemitta apply from the Torah. Therefore, sowing the field should be done by non-Jews (or, under pressing circumstances, by gerama (indirect action)). What is the status of produce that came from sowing done improperly by Jews in a normal manner?