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Shabbat Parashat Bamidbar | 5769
Bamidbar | 29 Iyar 5769 | 23/05/2009
Parashat Hashavuah: ”Yerushalayim, the City That Was Connected Together”Sefer Bamidbar describes the life of a nation that was in the Sinai Desert in between the exodus from Egypt and the entrance to the Land. At this time of year, during sefirat ha’omer, we are experiencing Yom Yerushalayim and Shavuot. The former commemorates the unification of the Holy City and the liberation from our enemies’ occupation. Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Torah in the desert. Let us take a look at the connection between these times and events
Ask the Rabbi: Shaving before ShacharitI heard a discussion between two learned rabbis on the question of shaving before Shacharit. One took a position along the lines you outlined a few months age [Hemdat Yamim, Vayigash 5769] regarding work, in general, that it should not be done before Shacharit, with possible exceptions in she’at hadechak (pressing circumstances). The other said that it is not work but resembles getting dressed in the morning. We are talking about clean-shaven people, some of whom go straight to work after davening. What is your opinion?
Ein Ayah: Beginning the Day With Prayer; The Value of the Individual By Himself and Within the CollectiveGemara: That which it says, “Do not eat on the blood” (Vayikra 19:26), means that one should not eat before he has prayed for his blood.
P’ninat Mishpat: The Validity of an Agreement Between Representatives of the PublicTwo religious parties taking part in municipal elections agreed to run on a united ticket. The first two seats were supposed to be for representatives of one party (=def), while the third was supposed to be from the other party (=pl). The agreement states that if the list would secure only two seats, each party would seat one representative. That is what happened, and pl demands that one of def’s representatives resign to make room for one of pl’s. Def claims that the agreement was an asmachta (an agreement whose conditions were not envisioned to occur) and is not binding.
Hemdat Hadaf Hayomi: The Mitzvah of Returning a Lost ObjectThis week in the Daf Hayomi, the Gemara deals with the laws of the Mitzvah to return a lost object to its owner. The general rule is that, if the owner has not yet lost hope of finding the object or having it returned to him, then the one who finds the object must return it to him. However, if the owner has lost hope (=ye'ush), then the one who finds the object may keep it for himself. What if a person keeps an object that he found before ye'ush?
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of
R ' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
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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).