Monday, February 13, 2017

Sunday, 16th of Shevat, 5777

Sefirot Combination (Cycles of Seven Weeks):

5th day of Week 20 and the 40th day of the cycle of Tiferet (Balance/Beauty), Hod shebeYesod shebeTiferet, Glory/Acknowledgement within Foundation within Balance/Beauty.

Alef-Bet/Psalms (Cycles of 22 days):

6th day of the 7th cycle. Vav within Mem and Nun:

Psalm 145:

And the strength of Your awesome deeds they will tell, and Your greatness I shall sing.

ווֶעֱזוּז נוֹרְאֹתֶיךָ יֹאמֵרוּ וּגְדוּלָּתְךָ (כתיב וּגְדֻלָּותְךָ) אֲסַפְּרֶנָּה:

Psalm 119:

And I shall engage in Your commandments, which I love.

וְאֶשְׁתַּעֲשַׁע בְּמִצְו‍ֹתֶיךָ אֲשֶׁר אָהָבְתִּי:

Hayom Yom:

My father said: Coldness and heresy are separated by so slender a barrier! It is said, "For the Eternal your G‑d is a consuming fire." G‑dliness is a flame of fire. Learning Torah and davening must be with a blazing heart, that "all my bones may utter" the words of G‑d in Torah and prayer.


Now Moses' father in law, Jethro, the chieftain of Midian, heard all that God had done for Moses and for Israel, His people that the Lord had taken Israel out of Egypt (...)

So Moses went out toward Jethro, prostrated himself and kissed him, and they greeted one another, and they entered the tent.

Moses told his father in law [about] all that the Lord had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians on account of Israel, [and about] all the hardships that had befallen them on the way, and [that] the Lord had saved them.

Jethro was happy about all the good that the Lord had done for Israel, that He had rescued them from the hands of the Egyptians.  

[Thereupon,] Jethro said, "Blessed is the Lord, Who has rescued you from the hands of the Egyptians and from the hand of Pharaoh, Who has rescued the people from beneath the hand of the Egyptians.


2. Sing joyously to God, our strength; sound the shofar to the God of Jacob.
3. Raise your voice in song, sound the drum, the pleasant harp, and the lyre.
4. Blow the shofar on the New Month, on the designated day of our Holy Day;
5. for it is a decree for Israel, a ruling of the God of Jacob.
6. He ordained it as a precept for Joseph when he went forth over the land of Egypt; I heard a language which I did not know.

True, we find a principle that saving a life overrides other prohibitions, so too the law calls for one to commit a transgression rather than be killed, as the Sages explain: "The Torah declares: ‘Desecrate one Shabbat for his sake so that he may live to observe other Shabbatot.'"

And it is not because of the relative leniency (of the Shabbat) or gravity of the sins; Shabbat is a grave offense, and comparable to idolatry with regard to the law of Shechitah by anyone who habitually violates a particular precept, as codified in Yoreh Deah, Section 2.


The above concepts are reflected in the expression used in legal documents: "And we performed a kinyan with so and so with a utensil that is acceptable to be used to conduct a transaction."
"A utensil" excludes produce and the like. "That is acceptable" excludes objects from which it is forbidden to benefit. And "to be used to conduct a transaction" excludes a utensil belonging to the seller.

Daf Yomi:

The mishna continues: A person may not open a bakery or a dye shop beneath the storeroom of another, and he may not establish a cattle barn there, as these produce heat, smoke, and odors, which rise and damage the items in the storeroom. The mishna comments: In truth, the halakha is that in the case of a storeroom of wine the Sages rendered it permitted to set up a bakery and a dye shop beneath, as the heat that rises does not damage the wine.But they did not render it permitted to establish a cattle barnbecause its odor damages the wine.


Rabbi Yishmael says: "Great is circumcision, for thirteen covenants were sealed concerning it". Rabbi Yose says: "Great is circumcision, that it overrules the strict [prohibitions of] Shabbat." Rabbi Yehoshua ben Korcha says: "Great is circumcision, for Moses the righteous wasn't given a moment [to allow his son to remain uncircumcised]. Rabbi Nechemiah says: "Great is circumcision, for it overrules [the prohibitions of] nega'im [impure afflictions]." Rabbi says: "Great is circumcision, for [despite] all the commandments that Abraham did, he was not called 'complete' until he was circumcised, as it says: (Genesis 17:1) 'Walk before Me and be complete'". Another saying [of his]: "Great is circumcision, for but for it, the Holy One would not have have created His world, as it says: (Jeremiah 33:25) "Thus says the Lord, 'If my covenant is not established day and night, the laws of the heavens and earth I will not set.'"

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