Shabbat Parashat Bamidbar 5773
Bamidbar | 2 Sivan 5773 | 5/11/2013
Introducing the counting of the tribes, the Torah writes: “And with you will be a person each for each tribe, a man who is the head of the households of his fathers he is” (Bamidbar 1:4).The Torah goes on to list the leader of each tribe, who was involved in the counting of that tribe. The simple reading of the p’sukim indicates that the identity of these leaders was spelled out by Hashem at this time and for this purpose. On the other hand, we find these same men serving as the nesi’im (princes/leaders) of their respective tribes at the inauguration of the Mishkan, which was done a month earlier.
It seems that we do not follow the Rambam's opinion (Teshuva 2:5) to publicly announce our sins between man and his fellow. If my observation is correct, why is this?
In a place where there is no man, that is where you should be a man. Abaye said: This implies that in a place where there is a man, you should not be a man there. Isn’t this the obvious inference? The inference is needed for a case where the two people are of equal standing.
The defendant (=def) rented an apartment from the plaintiff (=pl). Pl is suing def for not paying rent in full. Def counters that since the heat in the apartment was not working for much of the winter, despite pl’s half-hearted efforts to fix it, and since there were other shortcomings in the apartment, they should not have to pay in full.
Rabanit Itah bat Chana
amongst the sick
of Klal Yisrael
This edition of
Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
is endowed by
Les & Ethel Sutker
Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l
Dedicated in memory of
ben R'Aharon Yitzhak and Bracha
on the occasion of his yahrzeit,
and members of his family
who perished in the shoah
Al Kiddush Hashem.
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).