Shabbat Parashat Ki Tavo 5775
Ki Tavo | 21 Elul 5775 | 9/5/2015
Our parasha begins with the mitzva of bringing bikkurim (first fruit) to the Beit Hamikdash, along with the pronouncement of parashat bikkurim, in which we thank Hashem for the goodness He bestowed upon us – as a nation and as individuals. The p’sukim (Devarim 26:1-11), which play a central role in the Haggada of Pesach, discuss the national problems and ultimate success of the nation, culminating in the entry into and receiving of Eretz Yisrael. It also discusses the happiness the individual should feel with the fruit that has grown in his field along with the other blessings he has received.
We went away and lent out our apartment for Shabbat. Due to the guest’s gross negligence, a fire broke out that caused significant damage. Our sefarim were actually more damaged from water than fire/smoke, as I will explain. Good-hearted people (=sprayers) sprayed down the sefarim with water in a way that may have been unnecessary. I will not make claims against them, but can I demand that the guests pay for water damage they did not do? (They feel very bad and, despite not being rich, want to pay everything they should.)
That which [Yirmiya lamented], “My spirit was deprived of peace” (Eicha 3:17), is referring to [the inability to light] Shabbat candles.
Reuven “sold” (i.e., received money, did not deliver goods) silver utensils to Shimon. It was known and mentioned at the time of the payment that he did so in order to buy a vat needed for whiskey production. After the money was paid but before Shimon took the utensils, Reuven’s brother died, and Reuven inherited such a vat. May Reuven refuse to go through with the sale (i.e., give the silver utensils) but instead return Shimon’s money?
to the memory of:
for our homeland.
Mrs. Doris Moinester a"h
Gital Gila Bat Eliyahu Michael a”h
on the occasion of her yahrzeit,
Mrs. Sara Wengrowsky
bat R’ Moshe Zev a”h.
who passed away on
10 Tamuz, 5774
Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
R ' Yaakov ben Abraham & Aisha
Chana bat Yaish & Simcha
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).