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Shabbat Parashat Shelach 5771
Shelach | 16 Sivan 5771 | 18/06/2011
Parashat Hashavuah: Spies and Their HelpersCertainly the sins of the spies that Moshe sent capture the main attention in this week’s parasha, prompting the haftara to dwell on spies, who were, baruch Hashem, more successful (see Yehoshua 2). The two righteous men sent to Yericho were discovered by the local sentries but were saved by Rachav, a local woman, who covered them with stalks on her rooftop, allowing them to escape to safety. In addition to the navi’s account that she and her family were spared during the Israelite conquest, Chazal tell us that she merited marrying Yehoshua and that from their offspring came the prophet, Yirmiyahu (Sifrei, B’ha’alotcha 78).
Ask the Rabbi: The preferable way to recite ShemaWhat is the preferable way to recite Shema: in the regular davening sing-song or with trop (Torah-reading cantillation)?
P'ninat Mishpat: Taking Money for Child Support When the Father Is Not PresentA man (=def) left his wife (=pl) and child to go abroad without contact information. Originally, beit din ruled in his absence that support can be paid on def’s responsibility without his cooperation until the child is six. Now pl wants the support extended beyond that point.
This edition of
is endowed by
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Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l
This edition of
Rabbi Shlomo Merzel o.b.m,
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).