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Shabbat Parashat Vayigash | 5769
Vayigash | 7 Tevet 5769 | 03/01/2009
Don’t Underestimate the Religious EstablishmentLast year we wrote about Yosef’s attempt to turn Egypt into a monotheistic nation. Let us try to learn from what apparently went wrong. Yosef was successful in centralizing control over the country, obtaining all of the land and moving people to the cities during the food crisis. There was one exception. He was unable to acquire the pagan priests’ lands because Paroh provided for them (Bereishit 47:26).
Is it Better to Daven Without a Minyan or to Start Working Before Davening?Is it better to daven without a minyan before work or do some work first and daven with a minyan later (at a halachically acceptable time)?
National Jealousy, The Significance of a NameRegarding the name,] Reuven, Leah said: “See the difference between my son and the son of my father-in-law. My father-in-law’s son, even though he knowingly sold his status of firstborn, what does it say about him? ‘Eisav hated Yaakov.’ In contrast, my son, even though Yosef took his status of firstborn, still he was not jealous of him.”
Payment for Indirect Damage When the Plaintiff Could Have Demanded MoreDef admitted responsibility for “totaling” pl’s car. Pl’s insurance company paid the car’s full value, but, according to their agreement, pl must continue paying the premium on the no longer existent car until the end of the year. Pl demands that def reimburse him that premium until year’s end. Def says that he does not have to pay for damage to the car since pl has been reimbursed and not for the premium because this is indirect damage.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of Shirley, Sara Rivka bat Yaakov Tzvi HaCohen z”L
R ' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
Hemdat Yamim is endowed by
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).