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Shabbat Parashat Vayeira | 5769
Vayeira | 17 Cheshvan 5769 | 15/11/2008
Political Negotiations – Yes or No?This week, as last, we find Avraham negotiating with leaders, this time, Avimelech, the Plishti. He approached Avraham, seeking a peace treaty, stating: “Hashem is with you in all you do” (Bereishit 21:22). The section concludes with Avraham establishing a home in B’er Sheva, where he called out in the Name of Hashem (i.e., a spiritual center). Was this agreement a positive one? What caused Avimelech to seek a treaty?
Standing for Modim D’Rabbanan and Talmidei ChachamimI see people using a semi-rising motion at the beginning of Modim D’Rabbanan (what the congregation recites when the chazan gets up to Modim) and when a talmid chacham walks by? Is that correct? What are the rabbinical sources on the matter?
Excerpts from the Introduction to Ein Ayah – part VIII (final installment)Last time, we discussed the ideas behind aggadic interpretation, which often need to be proved by time and/or refined by skeptics’ criticism. The resulting ideas are more safe and helpful
Validity of Witnesses Who Attest to Being Unfit WitnessesA husband brought witnesses who testified that his wife acts in an immodest manner, which could be grounds for her requiring a get. The two witnesses were asked about their level of Torah observance. One said that he keeps Shabbat somewhat and puts on tefillin on Shabbat and Yom Tov. The second witness admitted to traveling on a bus on Shabbat.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of George Weinstein
Gershon ben Yehudah Mayer, a lover of the Jewish Nation Torah and Land.
As well as
R ' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
Hemdat Yamim is endowed by Les & Ethel Sutker of
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).