Shabbat Parashat Ki Tisa| 5765
Ki Tisa | | 1/2/2004
Of all possible punishments for chet haegel (sin of the golden calf), we would not have expected that the removal of the adayim (adornments) that Bnei Yisrael wore to be so stressed. Yet, the Torah spends three p’sukim discussing it (Shemot 33: 4-6). What were these adornments, and what was the special significance of removing them at that time?
Case: The plaintiff (pl) sent a pair of parshiyot of tefillin with a messenger to a sofer to be checked, and they were lost. Pl says that the messenger said that the parshiyot were of the highest quality (worth $400). Since they also had sentimental value, pl asked for $1,000 dollars. The defendant (def) admits receiving the parshiyot and not being able to find them, but he claims that the messenger did not come to pick them up within the customary amount of time, which could be responsible for their having been lost. Def also says that he does not remember the quality of the parshiyot, but that old ones are rarely worth more than $100.
The Shulchan Aruch (Choshen Mishpat 409:40) rules: “One may not raise a beheima daka (thin animal, usually, sheep or goat) in Eretz Yisrael, because it is normal for them to graze in other people’s fields, and the damage they cause is common. You, though, may raise them in Suria and in the desolate areas in Eretz Yisrael. Nowadays that Jewish fields in Eretz Yisrael are uncommon, it seems that it is permitted.”
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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).