Shabbat Parashat Vayakhel| 5766
Vayakhel | | 1/1/2005
The construction of the Mishkan was a major, expensive, national project that was carried out totally on a volunteer basis. Who were these volunteers? “Every man whose heart elevated him (n’sa’o libo) came; and everyone whose spirit motivated him (nadva rucho)brought for the donation of Hashem …” (Shemot 35:21). Why did the Torah give two titles to the donors? Is there a difference between them?
As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we have just opened a new beit din, Mishpat V’Halacha B’Yisrael. The most basic element of the proper running of a beit din is to carefully follow the Torah’s rules on the matter, as found in the Shulchan Aruch and other classical and more recent works. However, it is crucial for a beit din that wants to succeed to create the right atmosphere and to stress certain halachot that need constant reminders and to implement certain guidelines that are in the spirit of the halacha but may not be mentioned explicitly.
Let us use a classic metaphor to describe the situation. Picture the religious community as a fire and the “secular” community as water. In the Diaspora, the non-Jewish society serves as the pot that separates the two elements and prevents the water from extinguishing the flame. The religious community can ignore the “secular” Jewish population regarding its prayers, educational system, and other “cultural” elements of existence.
Question: Throughout the millennia, we have awaited the coming of Mashiach. Of late, people who are Torah observant are talking about hastening the geulah (redemption). I heard that Rav Kook z.t.l. wrote that this requires ahavat chinam (love without a specific reason) among all members of Klal Yisrael. The question Ihave is: how can each of us cultivate ahavat chinam? What will it take to love our fellow Jews? How will we learn to disagree as Hillel and Shamai did? Could you please publish your answer in your column? Perhaps it will help all of us.
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).