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Q & A on Parashat Vayechi

All references are to the verses and Rashi’s commentary, unless otherwise stated.

  1. Why is kindness towards the dead called "chesed shel emet" — kindness of truth?
    47:29 – Because the giver expects no reward from the recipient.
  2. Give three reasons Yaakov didn't want to be buried in Egypt.
    47:29 – a) Egypt's ground was to be plagued with lice; b) At the time of the resurrection, those buried outside Israel will suffer; c) So the Egyptians wouldn't make him into an idol.
  3. How do you treat a "fox in his time" (i.e., a commoner who rules)?
    47:31 – Bow to him.
  4. "When I was coming from Padan, Rachel died on me… I buried her there on the way to Efrat…" Why did Yaakov say all this to Yosef?
    48:7 – Yaakov thought Yosef harbored resentment since Yaakov had not buried Yosef's mother, Rachel, in the Ma'arat HaMachpela.
  5. Initially, why was Yaakov unable to bless Efraim and Menashe?
    48:8 – The Shechina departed from him.
  6. What does pillalti mean?
    48:11 – "I thought."
  7. What does "Shechem" mean as used in this week's parsha? (two answers)
    48:22 – a) The actual city of Shechem; b) A portion.
  8. Which individual is called "the Emori"? Why? Give two reasons.
    48:22 – Esav. a) He acted like an Emorite; b) He trapped his father with words (imrei pi).
  9. What did Yaakov want to tell his sons but was unable to?
    49:1 – When mashiach will come.
  10. What privileges did Reuven lose due to his rash actions?
    49:3 – Priesthood and Kingship.
  11. What congregation from Yaakov's offspring did Yaakov not want to be associated with?
    49:6 – Korach and his congregation.
  12. What did Yehuda do after he heard Yaakov rebuke Reuven, Shimon and Levi? Why?
    49:8 – He drew back. He was afraid that Yaakov would rebuke him for the incident with Tamar.
  13. What does milk do to teeth?
    49:12 – It makes them white.
  14. Why is Yissachar like a "strong-boned donkey"?
    49:14 – Just as a donkey bears a heavy burden, so the tribe of Yissachar bears the yoke of Torah.
  15. With what resource did both Yaakov and Moshe bless Asher?
    49:20 – Oil-rich land.
  16. In Yosef's blessing, Yaakov said, "They embittered him…" Who are "they"?
    49:23 – Yosef's brothers, Potifar and his wife.
  17. Which descendants of Binyamin "will divide the spoils in the evening"?
    49:27 – Mordechai and Esther.
  18. From whom did Yaakov buy his burial place?
    50:5 – From Esav.
  19. What oath did Yosef make to Pharaoh?
    50:6 – Yosef swore not to reveal Pharaoh's ignorance of Hebrew.
  20. Which two sons of Yaakov did not carry his coffin? Why not?
    50:13 – Levi, because he would carry the aron (holy ark). Yosef, because he was a king.


Halachot from Maran Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Ztz'l

 נטילת ידיים במי הים התיכון, ובמים שעברו תהליך "התפלה"

שאלה: הנמצא בחוף הים, ורוצה לאכול פת לחם, ואין לו מים ליטול את ידיו, האם רשאי ליטול את ידיו במי הים?

מים מלוחים
תשובה: בדיני נטילת ידיים, המבוארים במשנה ובגמרא למדנו, שמים שהם מלוחים, פסולים לנטילת ידיים. וכן מים שהם מרים, עד כדי כך שאפילו בהמה או כלב אינו יכול לשתות מהם, פסולים לנטילת ידיים. וכן שנינו במשנה במסכת ידיים (פ"א משנה ג), שהמים המלוחים פסולים לנטילת ידיים. וכן פסקו כל הפוסקים, ומרן השלחן ערוך (סימן קס).

לפיכך הדין ברור, שאי אפשר לקחת כלי, ולמלאותו במי הים, וליטול בעזרתם את הידיים לסעודה. כי מים אלה פסולים לנטילה.

מים בנעשה בהם מלאכה
מים שנעשתה בהם מלאכה, כגון מים ששרו בתוכם פת כדי לרכך אותה, וכן מים שהדיחו בהם כלים וכדומה, פסולים לנטילת ידיים. כמו שפסק מרן בשלחן ערוך (שם, סעיף ב).

לפיכך, מים שהדיחו בהם כלים, אף על פי שהם עדיין נקיים, וניתן לשתות בהם, בכל זאת הם פסולים לנטילת ידיים, שהרי נעשתה בהם מלאכה.

מי ים ומי שופכין שהותפלו
אך יש להוסיף, לגבי מי ים שעברו תהליך "התפלה", על ידי הרתחה, או על ידי סינון מיוחד במערכות מיוחדות, עד כדי כך שנעשו ראויים לשתיה, וכפי שהחלו לנהוג בזמנינו, הרי מים אלה כשרים לנטילת ידיים. שהרי עתה הם טובים לשתיה.

ורק מי שופכין שעברו תהליך התפלה, פסולים לנטילת ידיים אפילו אם נעשו ראויים לשתיה על ידי ההתפלה, משום שמים אלה פסולים לנטילת ידיים, לא מחמת טעמם הרע, אלא מחמת מה שנעשתה בהם מלאכה, וההתפלה אינה מוציאה את המים מפסול זה, שסוף סוף אלה הם המים שנעשתה בהם מלאכה, בטיפת כלים וכדומה. וכפי התנאים שביאר בזה בשו"ת אוצרות יוסף (סימן ז, עמוד לד. ושם הובאו דברי הגר"ש ואזנר שליט"א, שכתב שאם חילחלו את המים באדמה, כעין מי תהום, הרי פנים חדשות באו לכאן, והם כשרים לנטילת ידיים.).

לסיכום: מי ים פסולים לנטילת ידיים. ובהלכה הבאה נבאר כיצד ניתן לטהר את הידיים גם במי הים.

Washing One’s Hands with Water from the Mediterranean Sea and Water which has been Desalinated

Question: If one is at the seashore and wishes to eat bread but has no water to wash his hands with, may he wash his hands using the water of the sea or ocean?

Salty Water
Answer: Regarding the laws of washing one’s hands for a bread meal, the Mishnah and Gemara teach us that salty water is invalid for the Mitzvah of Netilat Yadayim. Similarly, water that is so bitter that not even a dog or other animal would drink from it is likewise invalid for Netilat Yadayim. Indeed, the Mishnah in Masechet Yadayim (Chapter 1, Mishnah 3) states that salty water is invalid for Netilat Yadayim. All Poskim, including Maran Ha’Shulchan Aruch (Chapter 160), rule likewise.

It is therefore clear that one may not take a vessel, fill it with water from the sea or ocean, and wash his hands with it for a bread meal, for this water is invalid for Netilat Yadayim.

Water with which Work has been Performed
Water with which work has been performed, such as water which bread was soaked in in order to soften it, water which was used to wash dishes, and the like, is invalid for Netilat Yadayim based on the ruling of Maran Ha’Shulchan Aruch (ibid, Section 2).

Thus, water which was used to wash dishes is invalid for Netilat Yadayim even if the water is still clean and drinkable, for work has been performed with this water.

Sea Water and Sewage Water which have been Desalinated or Treated
Nevertheless, regarding water which has undergone a desalination process by boiling it or filtering it with all sorts of high-tech systems until the water is drinkable as is the case in our days, this water then becomes valid for Netilat Yadayim, for the water is now drinkable.

On the other hand, sewage water that has undergone treatment is nevertheless invalid for Netilat Yadayim even if it becomes drinkable, for the invalidity of this water does not stem from its putrid taste; rather, it is because work has been performed with this water and the treatment process cannot be reversed, for ultimately, work has indeed been performed with this water. This is based on the guidelines provided in the Responsa Otzarot Yosef (Chapter 7, page 34. The author quotes Hagaon Harav Shmuel Wosner Shlit”a who rules that if the water was permeated through the ground similar to well-water, this is considered a “new face” for the water and it indeed becomes valid for Netilat Yadayim).

Summary: Sea water is invalid for Netilat Yadayim. In the next Halacha we shall discuss how one may acceptably purify his hands using sea water.




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