Shabbat Parashat Eikev 5772
Eikev | 23 Av 5772 | 11/08/2012
In this week’s parasha, Moshe Rabbeinu spoke about two different dangers related to the entry into Eretz Yisrael. One is the question: “How will I be able to conquer them?” (Devarim 7:17). The other is “Lest … your heart will be haughty and you will forget Hashem, your G-d, who took you out of the Land of Egypt … and you will say in your heart: ‘My strength and the power of my hand made for me all this success’” (ibid. 8:14-17). Less than a year ago, the danger was the question of “How will we be able …?” Even after the United Nations’ vote to grant us statehood, we still had doubts in our hearts. How would we be able to overcome all of the treacherous tactics and overwhelming forces that stand against us? A wondrous, miraculous thing happened, which we could not have anticipated. If we evaluate the accomplishments in the war against the losses, we have to conclude that the successes were far, far greater than the disappointments. As a matter of fact, the greatest successes were accomplished in battles where the cost in human lives was small.
Our daughter, who become Charedi and moved to Israel, got engaged. She just told us that we have to pay $1,000 for the shadchanit (matchmaker), and we cannot afford it. We were not informed of such an expense; from what we know, a modest present is standard. What can we do?
Ulla and Rav Chisda were going on the way. When they reached the opening of Rav Chana bar Chanilai’s house, Rav Chisda let out a groan (or a sigh of despair). Ulla said: “Why are you groaning? Didn’t Rav say that a groan breaks half of a person’s body, as the pasuk says: ‘You, son of man, groan with the breaking of the loins’ (Yechezkel 21:11). Rabbi Yochanan said that it breaks all of a person’s body, as the pasuk says: ‘And if they ask you why you are groaning, tell them that it is because a report is coming into fruition, and every heart will melt, and every hand will weaken, and every spirit will dwindle, and every set of knees will turn into water …’ (ibid. 12).
The plaintiff (=pl) is an amateur photographer, who often places his works on the internet, in a website called Wikimedia Commons, in which the public is permitted to use the materials, with two conditions: they must acknowledge the contributor of the art; they must display the site’s license information so that the public knows that they too can use the material under the same conditions. The defendant (=def) is a business that, when using the site, usually mentions the name of the contributor. However, this is the second time that def has not credited pl. The first time, they settled on a payment of hundreds of shekels. This time, pl is asking for 40,000 shekels to teach def to take its copyright responsibilities seriously. Israeli law allows the courts to levy fines of up to 100,000 shekels for copyright violation without proof of damage.
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).