Shabbat Parashat Metzora 5774
Metzora | 5 Nissan 5774 | 4/5/2014
Our parasha finishes with laws of tumah that come upon people, some affecting men and some affecting women, due to discharges from their body. The halachot discussed focus on what makes one tamei for how long, when and how one becomes tahor again, and what korbanot he brings in this context. The following pasuk (Vayikra 15:31) seems to be the beginning of the general p’sukim of summarization: “You shall separate Bnei Yisrael from their impurity, and they shall not die in their impurity while contaminating My sanctum that is in their midst.” Chazal explain that this commandment of separation is to not enter the Mikdash in one of several possible states of tumah (see Sifra in the beginning of Tazria).
Do one’s books need to be checked for chametz or sold before Pesach?
[At the end of the declaration upon the fulfillment of the mitzvot of ma’asrot, one declares]: “Gaze from Your holy abode, from the Heavens” – we have done that which You decreed upon us; You too, do what You promised us.
There was a dispute between members of the community of Mantova (Italy), Chaim and his son, on one hand, and Menachem Raphael, on the other. The former were set chazanim for the community for many years without any complaints against them, including from Menachem Raphael. Recently a bitter dispute erupted between Chaim and Menachem Raphael, which began when Chaim volunteered to help the community collect the tzedaka assessments made for members of the community to donate. Upon trying to collect from Menachem Raphael, very harsh words were said, and feelings of hatred developed. Menachem Raphael wants Chaim and his son to not be chazanim any more based on the ruling of the Mordechai (Chulin, 597) in the name of Rabbeinu Simcha that an enemy of a member of the shul is not to be appointed as chazan. The Maharik (44) says that Rabbeinu Simcha’s ruling applies even when only a single person is an enemy of the chazan.
is endowed by
Les & Ethel Sutker
Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l
to the memory of:
Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
Rabbi Yosef Mordechai Simcha
ben Bina Stern o.b.m
who passed away
21 Adar I, 5774
R' Yaakov ben Abraham & Aisha
Chana bat Yaish & Simcha
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).