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Shabbat Parashat Pekudei | 5768
Pekudei | 1 Adar Bet 5768 | 08/03/2008
“Keep Your Eye on the Coin!” “Why?”This week begins the four parshiyot of special maftirs and haftaras. These beloved parshiyot were, believe it or not, selected well before the regular parshiyot hashavua were set. Ask any day school 4th grader (who has been listening in class), and he or she will tell you that the first one is Parashat Shekalim, which comes from the beginning of Parashat Ki Tisa. While true, it’s not a simple matter but the subject of a machloket in the gemara (Megilla 29b). Shmuel says as we do, but Rav says that it is the portion from Parashat Pinchas that we read on Rosh Chodesh.
Payment for "Kashrut Questionable" AffairX hired Y to cater a mehadrin (specially strict level of kashrut) affair. Due to a mix-up, Y rented utensils (=keilim) from a service that he was only slightly familiar with. Before the affair, X found reasons to believe that the utensils’ kashrut was suspect, which was confirmed afterward. X wants all his money back, citing internal embarrassment that he caused his guests to eat non-kosher food. Y, who had offered to compensate by providing some free catering, is no longer willing to return money due to X’s alleged harassment. What does halacha have to say about this?
Religion and Science – part IIRav Yisraeli gathered classical and more contemporary rabbinic views on the interaction between religion/belief and science. We will present his sources in an abridged, free translation form. 4. Arguing Against Attacks on Torah Igrot Har’iyah I, 134 (Rav A.Y. Kook) On the matter of new studies, many of which contradict the simple meaning of the Torah, my opinion is as follows. Whoever has a straight outlook knows that although these new ideas are not proven truth, we are not required to clearly deny and stand against them. This is because it is not at all a principle of the Torah to
Damages from a Car AccidentA was driving on a straight road and came to a sign that said to slow down because of cars pulling out of a parking area, which he failed to do. B pulled out of the parking area without looking properly and was hit immediately by A’s car, damaging both. Which of the two, both, or neither to pay for damages?
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated in loving memory of
Gershon (George) ben Chayim HaCohen Kaplan and
R ' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
Hemdat Yamim is endowed by Les & Ethel Sutker of
Max and Mary Sutker
and 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).