Shabbat Parashat Noach 5774
Noach | 1 Cheshvan 5774 | 10/5/2013
In our parasha, we meet the legendary and infamous leader Nimrod, who founded Ninveh and was the leader of the Assyrian Empire. He opposed Avraham, who taught mankind the principles of monotheism. Their confrontation reached its pinnacle when Nimrod tried to kill Avraham in the furnace at Ur Kasdim, as is hinted at in the end of the parasha.
I reside in a building with over 200 housing units. The vast majority of the residents are not Jewish. The building is owned by a condominium association, comprised of the building’s owners. Over half of the building's apartments belong to a Jewish-owned real estate company. Are we obligated as residents or owners to try to build a ma’akeh (fence) for the roof (it is flat)? It is likely that a decision to build one would cause animosity among the non-Jewish owners, as the fence will be expensive for such a large roof.
Moshe would take the tent and erect it outside the camp … and Hashem would speak to Moshe face to face” (Shemot 33: 7,11). Some explain [the words “face to face” as Hashem saying the following to Moshe]: “Just as I presented the Torah to you with a pleasant countenance, so too you shall present it to Israel with a pleasant countenance. Therefore, return the tent to its place [in the midst of the encampment].”
A woman in Majorca was engaged to a man from Aragon before the local inquisition (decades before the famous inquisition throughout Spain) and was unable to get married after the decree. A “Marrano” friend of the first man “married” her before a priest without the presence of Jews. They lived together as husband and wife for a few months and after she became pregnant, the man abandoned her. The woman wanted permission to remarry and the question was whether she needed a get considering that she did not have a Jewish wedding.
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Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
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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).