Shabbat Parashat Beshalach 5775
Beshalach | 11 Shevat 5775 | 1/31/2015
One of the strong tools for Tanach study is the identification of special expressions that appear in multiple places that link sections of Tanach to each other. This makes it possible to see a broader picture than any individual section would give us. This approach to textual analysis appears in Chazal’s exegesis of halachic elements of the Torah, and even more so regarding aggadic matter. This week we will look at the usage of an uncommon word: in our parasha, in our haftara, and in Parashat Shelach.
If I make cookies and cupcakes one evening, do the different pieces of dough combine to form an amount that obligates hafrashas challa (the removal of a piece to, in theory, be given to a kohen)?
180 years before the destruction of the [Second] Temple, the Kingdom of Rome spread over Israel.
In our city, the prices of kosher meat are unjustifiably high. One of several indications is that the prices are much higher than those in other communities in our region. The community banded together to threaten that if the butchers do no lower the prices, we will halachically ban meat consumption. The great majority of the townspeople and lay leaders agreed to this step. The local rabbi did not, but since we felt that he is an interested party, since the number of kosher animals sold is one determinant of his salary, we went through with the ban without his permission. He is now claiming that the ban is not binding, and his family and some others in town have continued to eat meat, which endangers the effort to lower prices. The rabbi’s two claims are that a ban is invalid without the local rabbi’s agreement, and that it is invalid if signed by different people at different sittings. Can you support our position against the local rabbi?
All those who
fell in the war for our homeland.
Reuben M. Rudman ob”m
Mrs. Sara Wengrowsky
bat R’ Moshe Zev a”h.
who passed away on 10 Tamuz, 5774
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
R' Shmuel Shemesh z"l
who passed away
17 Sivan, 5774
is endowed by
Les & Ethel Sutker
Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l
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).