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Shabbat Parashat Vaeira | 5769
Va'eira | 28 Tevet 5769 | 24/01/2009
Believe Me When I SpeakWe have discussed before that there are different levels of belief and, correspondingly, different means by which the liberation from Egypt could have transpired. Shemot, chapter 6, describes Hashem’s original revelation to Moshe and His attempt to convince him to bring about the nation’s redemption by means of Divine speech.
Thanking Hashem After a “False Alarm”If one had indications of a life-threatening illness but subsequently it is determined that it was a false alarm, should he recite Hagomel and make a seudat hoda’ah (meal of thanksgiving)?
The Virtues of Hard WorkGreater is he who benefits from the toil of his hand than a G-d fearer. For regarding one who benefits from the toil of his hand the pasuk says: “The toil of your hand shall you eat, you are fortunate and it is good for you” (Tehillim 128:2). Regarding a G-d fearer, the pasuk says: “Fortunate is one who fears G-d” (ibid. 112:1); it does not say, “It is good for you.”
Enforcing a Work AgreementThe defendant (=def), the director of a pre-school for an NPO (non-profit organization), discussed with the children’s parents, including the plaintiff (=pl), that the NPO had lost the rights to land for a new building. Pl offered to lobby for an extension, which he ended up doing successfully. He claims that def promised that if he succeeded, he would be appointed the project’s contractor. As proof, he provided a letter from def that refers to him as the contractor. Def explains that pl volunteered to help the school and requested a letter, which pl even dictated to her, to show his involvement to enable him to intercede on their behalf.
A person’s obligation to pay for damages that occurred in unusual circumstancesWe learned in the Daf Yomi this week (Mishnah, 26a) the principle that: “A person is always liable for damages he causes, whether unintentionally or intentionally, whether he is awake or asleep.” This statement seemingly implies that a person is obligated for any damage he does, even if unusual circumstances that are out of his control cause him to do the 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).