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Shabbat Parashat Nitzavim Vayeilech| 5770
Nitzavim Vayeilech | 25 Elul 5770 | 04/09/2010
Parashat Hashavuah: Thought-Altering Actions“He [the sinner] will bless himself in his heart, saying, ‘I will have peace ki in the desires of my heart I shall go’” (Devarim 29:18). The simplest meaning of ki in context would be, despite –things will be good even if I do bad. However, that is not one of the word, ki’s, meanings. The standard meaning, because, is difficult, as why should following one’s heart make one think that he will succeed.
Ask the Rabbi: burying on Yom TovWhy does the Shulchan Aruch say that a non-Jew can bury a Jew on the first day of Yom Tov (Orach Chayim 526:1) but that a non-Jew may not bury a Jew on Shabbat (ibid.:3)? Also does anyone bury on Yom Tov anymore?
Ein Ayah: An Oath Tied to the Divine Name Cannot Be Nullified[In defense of Bnei Yisrael, when Hashem discussed destroying them after the sin of Golden Calf] Moshe said: “Remember Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov, Your servants, to whom You swore in You” (Shemot 32:13). What does it mean, “in You”?
P’ninat Mishpat: Validity of a Get When a Father’s Name Was IncorrectA husband (=pl) who divorced his wife (=def) came to beit din, saying that his father’s name was written incorrectly in the get. Although the name given during preparation of the get is the one written in pl’s teudat zehut (identification papers), pl’s brother and others attested (as indicated also in a shul memorial plaque) to the fact that pl’s father had a Jewish name that was not written. Pl says that he is not willing to give a new, correct get, but wants to reconcile with def, which she is unwilling to do.
Hemdat HaDaf Hayomi: One Mitzvah (Avodah Zarah 18a)This week in the Daf Hayomi, several of the dapim (pages) consist mostly of issues of aggadah. One of the aggadot that the Rishonim deal with is the conversation between Rabbi Chanina ben Tradyon and Rabbi Yossi ben Kisma. At that time, the Roman Empire prohibited the teaching of Torah. Despite the decree, Rabbi Chanina, continued to teach Torah in public.
This week’s Hemdat Yamim is dedicated in loving memory of
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).