A number of years ago there was a painful tragedy that had a great impact on the talmidim of Yeshivas Ohr Somayach in Yerushalayim. The untimely death of the young mashgiach of the Yeshivah - Rabbi Dovid Spier zt”l. Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt”l was maspid this very special individual and quoted from Rashi in this week’s sedra:
The Sefas Emes utilises a cryptic comment of the Zohar to explain the inner meaning of the Machlokes of Korach. The Zohar Hakadosh explains that Korach was aiming to fight ‘Shabbos & Sholom’ His argument was designed to wreck the unity and harmony of Creation itself. The architect of his demise had therefore to be Creation itself. ואם
Fruit and vegetables grown in Eretz Yisroel are special and holy, and until they have been tithed are “Tevel” and may not be eaten. These unique mitzvos can only be carried out fully with all their relevant details in the times of the Beis Hamikdosh, although they are nonetheless still relevant in the post- Churban period.
In spite of the incredible opportunity this presents, the Torah commands in this week’s parsha (Vayikra 25:36-37), ‘You shall not take from him interest or increase, and you shall fear your G-d, and let your brother live with you. You shall not give him your money with interest, nor shall you give your food with increase.’ Simply put, we are commanded not to take interest on loans.
The UK Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists held its first event of 2018 at Littleton Chambers in the City of London. The event, which was chaired by Sir Michael Burton QC, focused on the topic of ‘the interface between the Beth Din and Commercial Arbitration’, and featured presentations from Dayan Yehonoson Hool of the Federation Beis Din, and Mr David Wolfson QC.