Questions for the Week of Parshas Emor
Food For Thought
What is the halacha with regards to squeezing the excess liquid from a pickle?
Is one permitted to crush ice in order to produce cold water?
What about placing ice cubes into an empty cup without crushing them?
What if the top of the jug of water iced up and the way to the water is to break the ice on top of the jug, is it permitted?
Answers coming next week.
Vort On the Parsha
The Possuk says that you shall call them ????? ??? these are My festivals (23:2). The Sforno beautifully explains that Hashem says that when Bnei Yisroel will sanctify the festivals, and the people will gather on those days in order to learn Torah and exult with their Creator, and then the festivals will be Mine. If on the other hand they will not sanctify the festivals and they will rather utilize them for frivolity and mundane pleasures, the festivals will be theirs. Those festivals will be of the type Hashem says to the prophet I despise your festivals.
This is a lesson for us as to how one is supposed to treat the festivals and on even a more regular basis, how one is to treat the Shabbos Kodesh. The Shabbos is intended for us to recharge our spiritual reserves. Of course Hashem wishes us to enjoy the Shabbos and therefore implemented the concept of Oneg Shabbos. Yet it is to be used as a tool to sanctify the Shabbos.
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