Shabbat Parashat Va'eira| 5766
Va'eira | | 01/01/2005
Our parasha begins with one of the Torah’s best known and most uplifting passages, memorized by Jewish schoolchildren around the world. That is the four elements of geula (liberation): “v’hotzeiti, v’hitzalti, v’ga’alti, v’lakachti” (Shemot 6: 6-7) Imagine how exciting it must have been for Bnei Yisrael at that time. Actually, the Torah tells us that they didn’t listen to those words “because of short breath and hard work” (ibid.:9). What does short breath have to do with listening to Moshe’s words?
Case: One of the guardians of a charitable fund, which owns and rents out properties, rented out a property to his son without getting permission from the other guardians. [It appears from the dayanim’s comments, as found in the protocol, that this was done at a very cheap price.] Does such a rental stand or can it be nullified?
No less a danger than idol worship is the evil inclination of giluy arayot. According to Chazal, sexual desires were even the root cause of much of Bnei Yisrael’s idol worship. The earthly side of man (as this is his origin- Bereishit 2:7) which causes him, at his moral low, to be no more than an animal, lies in ambush from within him. This inclination can overtake even the most talented among men with the greatest potential for spiritual development and entice him to see the fulfillment of his desires, primarily his sexual and physical ones, as the essence of life.
Question: I want to walk to my synagogue, which is 4 kilometers away (within city limits) on Shabbat, but I learned that one may not walk beyond 2,000 amot [almost a kilometer, assuming an amma is 48 centimeters/19 inches]. Do I need an eiruv or multiple eiruvin, and how do I make it?
This edition of
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).