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Shabbat Parashat Kedoshim| 5771
Kedoshim | 26 Nissan 5771 | 30/04/2011
Parashat Hashavuah: Revered Role ModelsThe living spirit and main goal of the mitzvot of the Torah is “be holy” (Vayikra 19:2), the words after which our parasha is named. As the Ramban explains, the mitzvot are not just technical requirements but are intended to mold a proper Torah personality. Getting into specifics, the Torah starts with the mitzva to fear one’s parents. Honoring them is not enough, as some sort of awe/fear is in order, and this is apparently a path leading toward the desired sanctity.
Ask the Rabbi: Chametz of a Mixed-married Couple after PesachI am a yeshiva student who will be home after Pesach. My father is not Jewish, and my mother does not keep kosher for Pesach. Do I have a problem with packaged chametz that will be around the house, as it was owned by my non-Jewish father, or should I assume that my mother owns (some of) the chametz?
Ein Ayah: Human DignityIt is no’ach [literally, comfortable, but in context, preferable – see later on] for a person to throw himself into a furnace than to whiten the face of a person (with embarrassment) in public. From where do we know this? From Tamar [who was willing to be burnt rather than expose Yehuda’s impropriety].
P'ninat Mishpat: Who Is Allowed to Build the Plaintiff’s Apartment?The plaintiff (=pl) bought (officially, rented long-term) an apartment from a semi-governmental company. The contract states that the transaction does not apply to “the depths that are under the ground” and that the buyer realizes that any natural resources or antiquities found there remain the seller’s. The defendant (=def) bought a store nearby and thereafter began breaking down his wall and digging, including beneath pl’s apartment without pl’s or the seller’s permission...
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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).