Shabbat Parashat Shelach 5772
Shelach | 26 Sivan 5772 | 6/16/2012
The connection between Parashat Shelach and its haftara is clear. Each discusses the sending of spies to Eretz Yisrael before the anticipated fulfillment of the mitzva (or the promise) of “You shall possess the Land and you shall settle it, for to you I gave the Land to possess it” (Bamidbar 33:53). The sin of the spies at the time of Moshe dragged along with it the need to send spies again at the time when Yehoshua entered the Land. This was the same Yehoshua, who together with his friend Kalev, had survived the debacle of the spies of Moshe, staying free of the sin of the others and the subsequent curse to die without entering the Land. At first glance the lessons of the failed mission, where the spies scared the people into not believing in Hashem’s ability to have them conquer the Land, were learned. Under Yehoshua’s tutelage, the people were willing to fight and did conquer the Land promised to their forefathers. In our generations, also, we merited to return to the Land, conquer stronger nations, and take control of the Land, from the Suez Canal until Mt. Hermon.
In our shul, we ask the kohanim to leave shul when we have multiple chiyuvim (those who need aliyot). Now, we have an elderly kohen who finds it taxing to leave shul. Since he does not mind giving the aliya to a Yisrael, may we do so even if he stays in shul?
“… I dreamed a dream … if they are good, strengthen them like Yosef’s dreams …”
The plaintiffs (=pl) were planning to move into a home they were building, and reached an agreement with the defendant (=def) to provide special windows by a certain date. Pl paid tens of thousands of shekels, half of the order, as a down payment. Def came two months before the critical date and took measurements, yet much of the order was not ready on time. Def blames pl for not giving all the details necessary, especially the color of the internal shades. Pl responds that def never told him that such information was holding up the order. As the time to leave their old home and enter the new one approached, def agreed to provide temporary windows but only if pl paid an additional quarter of the order, considering that half the work was already completed. Pl refused, because according to their agreement, the balance was due only upon installment of the finished product, and hired someone else to make temporary windows. The two sides are interested that the work should be completed, but there are outstanding financial disputes.
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A weekly divrei Torah leaflet: A Glimpse at the Parasha, Ask the Rabbi, From the writings of Harav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook, zt”l, Pninat Mishpat (Jewish Monetary Law).