Shabbat Parashat Matot Masei 5772
Matot | 2 Av 5772 | 7/21/2012
This week we are finishing the reading of Bamidbar, the fourth sefer of the Chumash. It covers 40 years of Bnei Yisrael’s travels from the beginning of their existence. The last parasha, Masei, summarizes, in a somewhat dry manner, the 42 stops the nation made along the way. The different individual details connect into a complete picture, which actually is a quite unique one. Ostensibly there are a lot of problems on the people’s part: episodes of ugly behavior, a lack of patience, and repeated complaints. However, if we look more deeply into the matter, the people actually underwent a “difficult schooling” during those years. Moshe, the reliable “shepherd,” summarizes the period as follows: “You shall remember the entire path on which Hashem led you for these 40 years in the desert – in order to afflict you, in order to test you” (Devarim 8:2).
Can you grill fish on the same grill that you use for chicken and meat?
Three things restore a person’s frame of mind: sound (Rashi- music), sight, and smell. Three things expand a person’s frame of mind: an attractive home, an attractive wife, and attractive wares.
The plaintiff (=pl) sold a large amount of oil and dried dates to a grocery store owner (=def). Def did not pay right away and after time refused to pay much of the bill for the following reasons. Def does not remember what price they had decided on for the oil and thinks that the amount demanded is too high. The dates became wormy over time. Def claims that he kept the dates properly refrigerated and blames pl for having transported the dates to him in an non-refrigerated transport. Pl responded that other people to whom he sold dates in a similar manner did not have problems of infestation, and he therefore suspects that def did not store them properly.
This edition of
is endowed by
Les & Ethel Sutker
Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l
Hemdat Yamim of this week
is dedicated in memory of
Ben Yehuda Leib Usdan a"h,
whose Yahrtzeit is the 29th of Av
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).