Shabbat Parashat B'haalotcha 5773
Beha'alotcha | 16 Sivan 5773 | 5/25/2013
“The ark of the covenant of Hashem was traveling before them a three days’ path to set for them a resting place. And the divine cloud was upon them during the day when they travelled from the encampment” (Bamidbar 10:33-34). A nation wandered in a barren land, with hot sand beneath them and a hot sun above, searching for a land to arrive at. They had thrown off their bonds of slavery but were looking for an independent life of freedom. What was leading them, preparing the path for them and warding off their enemies? The ark and the divine clouds. Flashes of fire came out from between the staves of the ark, burning snakes and scorpions; the clouds straightened the path (Devarim Rabba 7:9). The people were drawing closer to entry into the Land.
In small shuls and “shiva houses,” where there is an overflow to an adjacent room, do there have to be ten men in one room? Someone claimed that if everyone is under one roof, there are no questions.
One who sees a great assemblage of Jews (ochlusa) says: “Blessed is the Wise One who knows the secrets” [of each of the different people in the assemblage]. Ben Zoma saw an assemblage on the steps of the Temple Mount and recited this beracha and also said: “Blessed is He who created all of these to serve me.” He used to say: “See how much toil Adam had before he had bread to eat: he plowed, sowed, reaped, harvested, threshed, winnowed, sifted, grinded, kneaded, and baked; only then did he eat. I, in contrast, wake up and all of these things are done on my behalf.” (He then pointed out a similar phenomenon regarding clothes.)
One of the aspirations that stood behind the foundation of the network of Eretz Hemdah batei din and continues in its operations is the formation of clear halachic principles upon which the various beit din panels of the network operate. The first step towards realization of this goal is the writing of clear rulings with a detailed presentation of the reasoning of the ruling on halachic and practical grounds. Additionally, Eretz Hemdah is a partner, along with the Mishp’tei Eretz Institute, in the annual symposium of batei din in conjunction with the symposium of the Halichot Olam Institute. At these events, an annual topic is discussed after the presentation of a position paper. In summary of the consensus of the discussion, guidelines are composed on the topic of the symposium. These guidelines are then approved by important dayanim and poskim, led by Harav Yaakov Ariel (Head of the Court in Ramat Gan), Harav Dov Lior, and the heads of the various panels of the Eretz Hemdah beit din network.
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).