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Shabbat Parashat Yitro | 5769
Yitro | 20 Shevat 5769 | 14/02/2009
Hakarat HatovA deep bond was forged between Yitro and his son-in-law, Moshe, which was the basis for the ties between Yitro’s descendants and Bnei Yisrael. This connection is the result of mutual hakarat hatov, recognition of the good that one has for what another has done for him. This is a form of following in Hashem’s path, as One who responds to people and their actions in kind.
Using Others’ Religious ArticlesI understand that Ashkenazim may borrow religious articles from each other without permission but Sephardim may not. May an Ashkenazi borrow a Sephardi’s religious article?
The Two Elements of Geula (Liberation)All agree that Bnei Yisrael were liberated from Egypt at night, as the pasuk says: “Hashem took you out of Egypt at night” (Devarim 16:1) and left specifically during the day, as the pasuk says: “On the day after the bringing of the Pesach, Bnei Yisrael left with a strong hand” (Bamidbar 33:3). What they did argue about is the time of haste. Rabbi Elazar ben Azarya says it refers to the haste of Egypt, and Rabbi Akiva says that it refers to the haste of Israel.
Signs of Mechilla (Relinquishing of Rights)The plaintiff (=pl) worked as a gardener for the defendant (=def). He was originally supposed to do a certain set of tasks for 30,000 shekels, for which he was given five checks (dated for different times) of 6,000 shekels. Later it was decided that he would carry out fewer jobs and receive 23,800 shekels. Pl cashed three checks and received 2,000 shekels in cash (a total of 20,000 shekels)...
Guidelines to Determine Liability for DamagesWe learned a few weeks ago, in the Daf Hayomi (26a), that "a person is always liable for damages, whether done intentionally or unintentionally." From this rule it appears that one is liable for any damages he causes. However, we see from many statements in the Gemarah, that this rule is not always applicable and there are cases for which one is not liable.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of
Reuben M. Rudman ob”m
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).