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Shabbat Parashat Miketz | 5769
Miketz | 30 Kislev 5769 | 27/12/2008
Yosef vs His Brothers – Round 1In our parasha, Yosef’s ascendance to power was accomplished, as described by the rising of his sheaf in his first dream (Bereishit 37:7). At the brothers’ first meeting with him in Egypt, the second element, their bowing down to him, also seemed to have taken place (Bereishit 42:6). The Torah reports that Yosef recognized his brothers but that they did not recognize him (ibid.:8).
Mitzva of tzitzitI was trying on some pairs of tzitzit in a store to see what size would be best for me. Afterwards I wondered whether what I had done was okay since the actual tzitzit were not yet attached. Isn’t it forbidden to wear the garment without tzitzit?
Thanking Hashem and Divine Free WillFrom the day the world was created, there was no one who thanked Hashem until Leah came and thanked Him, as the pasuk says: “This time I will thank Hashem” (Bereishit 29:35).
Order for Services That Were Necessary Only PartiallyThe defendant (=def), the director of a summer camp, requested of the plaintiff (=pl) to hold a workshop of flying model planes for his campers. The contract between them read, in part, as follows: “Number of children- approximately 200; payment for each child- 13 shekel; total to be paid- _______.” In practice, only 160 children attended the camp and 104 children took part in the workshop. Def paid for 134 children. Pl demands payment for 200 children as spelled out in the contract and does not feel he is responsible for the smaller number of children who took part, especially considering that def did not call him to reduce the number. Even if this request is not accepted, he demands payment for the supplies that he brought for at least 200 children. Def responded that pl should have called to see exactly how many children were participating if it made a difference to him, as all of the other service suppliers did.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of
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).