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Shabbat Parashat Naso | 5769
Naso | 7 Sivan 5769 | 30/05/2009
Parashat Hashavuah: Nazir - To New Heights or From a Cliff?A nazir has restrictions in three areas: ingesting grape products, cutting hair, and coming in contact with the dead. What is the idea behind nezirut, which is not for everyone but apparently is appropriate for some?
Ask the Rabbi: MaftirWhen one person gets maftir (the last aliya) and makes the berachot on the haftara but someone else reads it, must the oleh read along? If we read from a klaf (a Torah-like scroll for the navi being read), must he do so specifically from the klaf?
Ein Ayah: The Need for the Spirit of the Law to be Accompanied by the Letter of the Law[In the Beit Hamikdash they would make a beracha, read the Ten Commandments, Shema, “V’haya im shamoa,” “Vayomer” (the commandment of tzitzit), …] Even outside the Beit Hamikdash, they tried to institute the daily recitation of the Ten Commandments, but this practice was already cancelled because of the arguments of the heretics.
P’ninat Mishpat: Overpricing as a Reason to Nullify a SaleThe plaintiff (=pl) bought a computer with some software from the defendant (=def), who sold an individual computer and is not a professional salesman, for 3,500 shekels. Pl claims that after the sale, he discovered that the computer and software is worth only 2,400 shekels and presented a written estimate from a computer technician, who put the value at between 1,600-2,000 shekels. Since the discrepancy in price is more than 20%, pl wants to nullify the sale due to extreme mispricing.
Hemdat Hadaf Hayomi: Two Partners who Borrowed or Took a Loan TogetherThis week in the Daf Hayomi, we begin the third chapter of Baba Metzia. The chapter opens with the Halacha that if a person received an object from someone else to guard and the object was stolen from him, if he pays the owner for the object and later the thief is found, he receives the fine of double the stolen object (=kefel) which the thief is required to pay.
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).