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Shabbat Parashat Shemini | 5770
Shemini | 26 Nissan 5770 | 10/04/2010
Parashat Hashavuah: Getting Close or Spiritual Daredevil?On the eighth day of the inauguration of the Mishkan, Hashem commanded Aharon to start bringing sacrifices (Vayikra 9:2-3). Moshe then told Aharon: “Kerav el hamizbeach” (approach the altar) and bring the sacrifices (ibid.:7). Rashi explains the quoted words by saying that Aharon was embarrassed and afraid to step forward until Moshe told him not to be embarrassed because Hashem had chosen him.
Ask the Rabbi: An Ashkenazi Doing Nesiat Kapayim in a Sephardi Minyan in Chutz La’aretzI am an Ashkenazi kohen in chutz la’aretz. I often daven at a Sephardi minyan where they do nesiat kapayim (=nk, duchenen) every day. Should I do it with them?
Ein Ayah: Are People Truly Good Inside?The guard to the entrance of the beit midrash (study hall) was removed, and permission was given to students to enter, for Rabban Gamliel would announce: “Whoever’s inside is not like his outside should not enter the beit midrash.”
P’ninat Mishpat: Insurance Coverage of a Rental CarThe plaintiff (=pl) rented a car from a rental car company (=def). During its usage, pl got into an accident in which the car and a “third party” car were seriously damaged; pl was at fault. Def has a policy of a $750 deductible for damage to the car, which pl paid. The owner of the other car (=dam) has sued pl for 22,000 shekels for damage to his car. Pl demands that def give the information he needs regarding def’s insurer, and, if not, should pay dam themselves...
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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).