Shabbat Parashat Pekudei| 5766
Pekudei | | 1/1/2005
Our parasha’s first pasuk has been explained in several, symbolic ways. Let’s first translate it the simple way before learning lessons from other explanantions. “These are the countings [of the collected material] of the Mishkan (Tabernacle), the Mishkan of Testimony, which was counted based on Moshe’s instructions, the work of the Levi’im, by the hand of Itamar son of Aharon the Kohen” (Shemot 38:21).
Case: A couple decided to get divorced and signed a divorce settlement, which stated, among other things, that the wife would receive the store they owned and operated jointly, and the husband would receive their apartment. The husband now refuses to give a get, and since there is no divorce happening, he claims that the divorce settlement should not be implemented.(Thehusbandhad already signed over his rights to the store.)
The Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh Deah 288:15) and Rama say that one may not add any writing on the inside of a mezuzah (there is a minhag to write certain things on the outside of the scroll). The source is the gemara’sderivation (in Menachot 32b) from a pasuk that when one writes a mezuzah like a letter, including extra letters or missing ones (Rashi and Tosafot, ad loc.), the mezuzah is not valid. The Shulchan Aruch extends this concept to writing extraneous matters (see Gra, ad loc.).
This edition of
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).