Shabbat Parashat Emor| 5766
Emor | | 1/1/2005
Every year we read Parashat Emor, which includes a section on sefirat haomer (counting the days from Pesach to Shavuot), during the time we perform that mitzva. Whydo we count these days? Is there no other way to determine Shavuot’s date? Sefer Hachinuch (#306) explains that it is based on the fact that the giving of the Torah, which took place on the first Shavuot, was the ultimate purpose of the world’s creation and the liberation from Egypt.
In the Rules and Procedures of our beit din, par. 9 relates to a corporation as a litigant: “A. The litigants recognize the principle that a corporation has rights and liabilities and can sue or be sued. B. The litigants recognize the principle that corporations have limited liability. Therefore, claims are made in relation to the corporation’s assets, not those of its representatives, who act in its name or of its stockholders, unless beit din decides that the corporation’s director, representatives, or shareholders are personally responsible.
Stand [still] (hityatzvu)and see Hashem’s salvation” (Shemot 14:13). So Hashem commanded Bnei Yisrael at the shores of Yam Suf before it split, thus completing their liberation from Egypt. Standing was the condition to be able to see salvation and allow it to occur. Without it, they were just trapped between a desert, a sea, and an attacking army, bringing panic. Without stopping for a moment, even if there would be a miraculous salvation, Bnei Yisrael would have over-emphasized the riches they received from the Egyptian remains.
This edition of
Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of
R’ Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld o.b.m.
Hemdat Yamim is also dedicated by Les & Ethel Sutker of Chicago, Illinois
in loving memory of Max and Mary Sutker and Louis and Lillian Klein,z”l.
May their memory be a blessing!
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).