Shabbat Parashat Shemot | 5769
Shemot | 21 Tevet 5769 | 17/01/2009
Paroh commanded the midwives of the Jews in Egypt to kill male newborns. Their fear of G-d kept them from carrying out the decree (Shemot 1: 15-21). There is much discussion as to who the midwives were. Rashi cites an approach in Chazal that they were Yocheved and Miriam, Moshe’s mother and sister. This adds historical significance to the event, especially regarding the reward of “houses” they received (ibid.:21).
I put uncooked food on a non-adjustable hotplate (to avoid the concern of “stoking the coals”) before Shabbat, so that it would cook over Shabbat. I discovered during Shabbat that the hotplate was not plugged in. Was the food muktzeh as it would seem, or should we say the following? Since I thought that the food would be edible, Shabbat began with the food being on my mind, not removed from it, as the word muktzeh implies. When I discovered the mishap, Shabbat had begun, and I remember learning that there is no muktzeh for part of Shabbat. Is that correct?
They told Rabbi Yochanan: there are old men in Bavel. He was surprised and said: “The pasuk says, ‘… so that your days and the days of your children shall be long in the Land,’ implying that in chutz la’aretz (the Diaspora) there is not long life.” Once they told him that they came early and stayed late in batei k’nesset (synagogues), he said: “That is what did it for them.”
The plaintiff (=pl) worked for the defendant (=def). Due to pressure on the job, def demanded that his workers come to work on Chol Hamoed. Pl, a religious man, refused to work then, which prompted his firing. Pl claims that he was illegitimately fired and demands severance pay (two and a half months pay for two and a half years on the job).
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
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and Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l.
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