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Shabbat Parashat Ki Tisa | 5769
Ki Tisa | 18 Av 5769 | 14/03/2009
A Trustworthy ServantAfter being given at Mara and “featured” prominently at matan Torah, Shabbat is mentioned in this week’s parasha (Shemot 31:17) and next week’s. We will try to understand these mentions and Moshe Rabbeinu’s connection to Shabbat with the help of the Shabbat morning tefilla: “Moshe will rejoice with the giving of his portion, for a trustworthy servant You called him; a crown of grandeur You gave to him, when he stood before You at Mount Sinai; two tablets of stone he brought down in his hand, and it was written in them the guarding of Shabbat.”
One Who Makes the Wrong Beracha on Tefillin Shel YadI accidentally made the beracha of “al mitzvat tefillin” when putting on my tefillin shel yad. What should I have done regarding berachot from that point?
The Intersection of the Intellect and EmotionRabbi Yochanan said in the name of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai: that which the pasuk says: “Her mouth opened with wisdom, and the teachings of kindness were on her tongue” - corresponding to whom did Shlomo say this? He said this specifically corresponding to his father, David, who lived in five “worlds” and said shira (sang) to Hashem: He lived in his mother’s stomach and said shira …
Firing or Worsening a Teacher’s Work Conditions During the YearThe plaintiff (=pl) is a teacher at the defendant (=def), a school belonging to a private school system. Pl’s contract includes the following provisions. “The last day to inform about layoffs is as accepted among education workers.” “Based on the Shulchan Aruch’s ruling, our teachers do not receive tenured positions but may be rehired to one-year contracts; in some cases, they can be fired in the middle of the year.” After the normal date of notification, def informed pl that he would be moved from his present position to a more difficult one....
"Ed Zomem"- a Torah Invention?When two witnesses testify, the Torah states that, after the judges interrogate them, if they passed the interrogation, they are believed and the judges can even deliver capital punishment based on their testimony. Nevertheless, there is a possibility that two false witnesses will collaborate and plan their testimony and will pass the interrogation of the judges.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of
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).