Shabbat Parashat Vayeilech 5776
Vayeilech | 6 Tishrei 5776 | 9/19/2015
The observance of Yom Kippur on the Torah level revolves around two focal points. One is the individual’s obligation to afflict himself (Vayikra 16:29), in addition to the regular refraining from forbidden work that is found on other holidays and Shabbat. In other words, a person’s normal flow of life is stopped, and he is forced to think. The five prohibitions of affliction (some from the Torah, while others might be of Rabbinic origin) create a behavioral and thereby cognitive change. They cover different areas of basic human needs (in days past, anointing was important for hygiene).
Is it permissible to wash one’s hands with soap after leaving the toilet on Yom Kippur or only with water?
Rav Yehuda said in the name of Rav: The following is the custom of Rabbi Yehuda bar Rabbi Ila’i: On Friday, they would bring him a trough full of hot water and he would wash his face, hands, and feet. He would cover himself and sit in a cloak made of linen with tzitzit, and he would resemble an angel of Hashem Tzevakot.
Yaakov’s children died, and when he subsequently had another son (Reuven), he “sold” his son to the Chevra Kaddisha for five gold coins. The condition was that if Reuven lived and merited to get married, Yaakov would give the Chevra Kaddisha ten gold coins to “buy him back.” Yaakov also promised to give the Chevra Kaddisha a small amount of money on a weekly basis throughout his son’s lifetime. Reuven is now twenty seven years old, Yaakov has been dead for some time, and nothing has been given to the Chevra Kaddisha. Reuven now wants to get married, but the Chevra Kaddisha is protesting his right to get married until he pays them. Reuven points out that Yaakov died without enough money to even pay Reuven’s mother’s ketuba so that he has not inherited any money from which to make payment for his father’s promises.
to the memory of:
for our homeland.
who passed away on
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).