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Shabbat Parashat Teruma | 5769
Terumah | 4 Av 5769 | 28/02/2009
Build CarefullyThis week’s haftara deals with the Beit Hamikdash, the permanent counterpart to the Mishkan, upon which our parasha focused. The Beit Hamikdash was built under King Shlomo’s leadership. The navi linked his reign’s moral success and the longevity of the holy structure, as we will see.
Is Long Hair a Problem for Tefillin?I have heard that there is an issue with long hair being a chatzitza (problematic separation) with regard to tefillin shel rosh. What is the halachic cut off point?
The Attraction to a Country, Bigger Miracles Are Not BetterThey emptied out Egypt” (Shemot 12:36). Rav Ami said: this teaches that they made it like a trap without grain. Reish Lakish said: they made it like a net without fish.
Beit Din’s Authority to Interpret ChartersThe plaintiffs (=pl) are members of a political organization, which is governed by a charter. The charter includes rules for the selection of the organization’s “committee,” its highest body. The rules for selection are as follows: the election for the committee is personal; the members of the organization plenum (=def) set the rules of the elections; the members of the committee are selected through election by ballot. Def decided that members of the executive would be members of the committee without needing to stand for election.
The Limits to One's Responsibility for DamagesThis week in the Daf Hayomi (62a) the Gemara makes an important distinction between a situation where a person actively damages with his hands and a situation where a person indirectly causes damage through his negligence. An example of the second situation is where someone was supposed to guard an object and did not guard it properly.
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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).