Shabbat Parashat Naso 5774
Naso | 2 Sivan 5774 | 5/31/2014
Parashat Naso deals with several topics that do not seem related: a description of the jobs of the Levi’im after the census of the nation and the Levi’im (previous parasha); the sanctity of the encampment / need to send out the impure; misappropriation of funds; infidelity; the laws of the nazir; Birkat Kohanim; the erection and inauguration of the Mishkan. Let us now proceed to take a look at an important concept that serves to connect and support all these topics.
Most people, after learning all night on Shavuot, do not make a separate beracha on their tzitzit but use the beracha on their tallit, when they start davening. Since I do not wear a tallit, should I make a beracha on my tzitzit as soon as it becomes halachically possible?
[Those who greeted the bringers of the bikurim would say:] “Our brothers, the residents of the place called Ploni, bo’achem l’shalom (your arrival shall be in peace).”
There are guidelines regarding one who has abandoned his chazaka agreed upon by all the rabbis of Salonika of previous generations and signed in the Salonika Book of Takanot by Rabbi Yosef Ibn Lev and his colleagues. [The Mahari Ibn Lev was a dayan in Salonika, then part of Turkey, before moving to Istanbul]. The cutoff of ten years is for one who has witnesses that he left his chazaka under difficult circumstances (e.g., some form of improper coercion). Under those circumstances, he loses the chazaka only if the store was totally unoccupied during that time. The time is significantly shorter if one does not have proof that he was forced out, and it is possible that he decided himself to leave or was unable to pay the rent. If he is present in the city, he loses the chazaka after three months. If he is out of the country, he loses it after three years. During that time, he can either prove that he was improperly removed or announce publicly that he did not relinquish his chazaka.
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).