Questions for the Week of Parshas Beha'aloscha/Shelach
Food For Thought
Is one permitted to prepare a saline solution on Shabbos?
Are there any limitations as to salting vegetables on Shabbos?
May one crush peppercorns on Shabbos?
Is one permitted to use a salt grinder on Shabbos?
Answers coming next week.
Vort on the Parsha
The two esteemed Torah giants R Akiva Eiger, the Rav of Poznan, and R Yaakov, the Rav of Lissa happened to be one Shabbos in the same town. R Akiva Eiger was known for his incredible humility in spite of him being one of the most outstanding sages of his generation. When he was called up to the reading of the Torah for shlishi (the more honorable aliya), he all but fainted. The people present were alarmed without knowing the cause for his faintness but R Yaakov realized that R Akiva Eiger was shocked by the lack of Torah respect for not having bestow upon R Yaakov the honor of shlishi.
R Yaakov knew that the only way to restore his well-being was to appease his mind and approached R Akiva Eiger whispering, your honor should realize that Poznan is a bigger city than Lissa and as such the shlishi is awarded in honor of the larger populace. Hearing this, R Akiva Eigers strength slowly returned and he was able to approach the sefer Torah.
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