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Shabbat Parashat Vayeitzei 5779
Vayeitzei | 9 Kislev 5779 | 17/11/2018
Parashat Hashavua: Who Could Yaakov’s Brothers Be?Last week we looked into the dangers of Jews becoming overly socially connected to the members of other nations. The issue comes to the fore again in this week’s parasha. After the confrontation and conciliation between Yaakov and Lavan, a feast took place between the two sides. The Torah tells us that Yaakov “called to his brothers to eat bread,” which they did before retiring on the mountain (Bereishit 31:54). The question that the Rabbis ask is: who were these brothers of Yaakov? Different answers are presented.
Ask the Rabbi: Do the Chatan and Kalla Need to Eat at Sheva Berachot?Must the chatan and kalla eat (bread) at Sheva Berachot (upper case for the week and the meal; lower case for the berachot recited) in order to recite the berachot? (Sometimes one does not feel well and eats little or nothing.)
Ein Ayah: The Importance of the Desire to Understand the WorldOne who knows how to calculate the seasons and track the constellations and does not do so – it is forbidden to speak with him.
P'ninat Mishpat: Firing a Lawyer before He Finishes the JobThe defendant (=def) was suing a leasing company and hired the plaintiff (=pl), a lawyer, to help. After negotiating the fee, they came to an agreement that pl would receive the higher between, 20% of the total ruling, and between 100% of the part of the award that exceeded 40,000 shekels plus VAT. Def received 67,049 shekels and pl is demanding his portion of the ruling. Def rejects the claim, because he has not yet been able to extract payment from his litigant, arguing that the portion for pl should come from money received. Additionally, def claims that he fired pl before the ruling was rendered, and so pl is not entitled to any pay.
We daven for a complete and speedy refuah for:
Meira bat Esther
Yair Menachem ben Yehudit Chana
Rivka Reena bat Gruna Natna
David Chaim ben Rassa
Lillian bat Fortune
Yafa bat Rachel Yente
Eliezer Yosef ben Chana Liba
Ro'i Moshe Elchanan ben Gina Devra
Together with all cholei Yisrael
Hemdat Yamim is dedicated
to the memory of:
for our homeland
and Members of
Eretz Hemdah's Amutah
Tishrei 9 5776
Rav Carmel's father
Iyar 8 5776
bat R’ Moshe Zev a”h.
Tamuz 10 5774
Kislev 9 5769
Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld z"l
Chana bat Yaish & Simcha
Rav Moshe Zvi (Milton)
Tammuz 19, 5778
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).