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Shabbat Parashat Ki Teitzei | 5769
Ki Teitzei | 9 Elul 5769 | 29/08/2009
Parashat Hashavuah: The Removed ShoeWhen a man refuses to marry his sister-in-law, wife of his deceased brother who left no children, the process of chalitza is done. Part of the process is that she removes his shoe, as the assembled call him “the one whose shoe was removed” (see Devarim 25: 9-10 with Rashi). What is the deeper significance of this strange sounding action?
Ask the Rabbi: Time of chupaI am about to have my wedding invitation printed, and I am not sure for what time to call the chupa. The mesader kiddushin is presently very busy with personal matters and I do not want to bother him, but I am afraid that I may choose wrong as to whether the wedding should be before or after sunset, which I guess should be his decision. Is it right to decide on the time without consulting with him?
Ein Ayah: A Time of Hidden Mercy and Clear PowerAfter he would finish his prayers, Rabbi Yochanan would say: “It should be Your will … that … You dress Yourself (titlabesh) with Your mercy and cover Yourself (titkaseh) with Your power …”
P’ninat Mishpat: The Manner in Which a Shomer (Watchman) Becomes ObligatedThe gemara deals with a case of one who borrows an object from a friend and the lender regrets the loan. As for rentals, once the borrowing has taken effect, the lender cannot back out during the agreed upon borrowing period. When, though, is the point of no return? One opinion is that it is when the borrower begins using the object. However, the gemara accepts the opinion that it is from the time the borrower performs the act of kinyan one would use to acquire the object. The Rambam (Sechirut 2:8) says that until that kinyan takes place, a shomer is not obligated in payment should something go wrong to the object. Let us look at the sugyot of the gemara on this matter.
Hemdat HaDaf HaYomi: Damage by Viewing (lack of privacy)This week in the Daf Hayomi, we begin to learn masechet Baba Batra. The first sugya (passage) deals with two neighbors who have a shared yard and want to divide the yard between them. The Halacha is that hezek reiyah (damage by viewing) is considered to be damage. In other words, the ability of the neighbor to see into one's yard is considered damage, and therefore, each neighbor can force the other to build a fence between the two parts of the yard.
The Eretz Hemdah family expresses its condolences to
Rabbi Yosef Carmel,
the head of the Kollel,
on the passing
of his mother,
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of
R' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
Hemdat Yamim is endowed by
Les & Ethel Sutker of Chicago, Illinois in loving memory of
Max and Mary Sutker
and Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l.
Hemdat Yamim of this week
is dedicated in memory of
Yitzchak Eliezer ben
Avraham Mordechai Jacobson 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).