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Shabbat Parashat Tazria | 5768
Tazria | 29 Adar II 5768 | 05/04/2008
Pesach and MilahIt seems easy to find a connection between the parasha and the special “Hachodesh” maftir. The parasha mentions the mitzva of brit milah, which is closely related to the Korban Pesach (Pascal lamb), highlighted in the maftir. However, the maftir (Shemot 12: 1-20) does not mention the halacha that an arel (one who did not have a brit) cannot bring the korban, which is found in a later portion, two dozen p’sukim later (ibid. 12: 43-50). It is not only several p’sukim that separate them.
Must One Own His Own Matzot on Seder Night?Someone showed me a gemara that says that one has to own his matza on seder night. Yet I have never seen people being careful to acquire ownership when they have the seder in someone else’s home. Can we reconcile the practice with the sources?
Religion and Science- part VI (from Perakim B'Machshevet Yisrael, ch. 30)The wisdom of nature (science) is correct that according to its means of recognition, the world is millions of years old because its intellectual means are based on cause and effect. Science’s investigations into the depths of nature do not bring clear proofs precluding creation ex nihilo. Sechel (intellect), which enables science, rejects ex nihilo just as the ear rejects a flower’s smell. Hashem’s ten statements created our world before he set “the rule that will not be violated,” a rule that was not used in creation. Science can find the rules of nature only after Hashem presented it to the world, after creation.
Suing a Lawyer Who Extracted Interest Payments (based on Halacha Psuka, vol. 41, condensation of Piskei Din Rabbaniim XVI, pp. 252-259)The city charged the plaintiff (=pl) for work done in front of his home, but pl refused to pay. The city hired a lawyer (=def), who succeeded to extract payment, including interest for overdue payments. Pl is suing def, holding him personally responsible for extracting improper payments, including forbidden ribbit (usury), based on the rule that one is not considered an agent when he is sent to do an aveira.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated in loving memory of
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.
May their memory be a blessing.
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).