Shabbat Parashat Korach| 5765
Korach | | 1/2/2004
One who learns the parashiyot of Bamidbar casually may view the described events as independent episodes that occurred “whenever.” In fact, while some events clearly transpired in the first year in the midbar (wilderness) and others took place during the 40th and final year, there are several important events whose timing is not evident from the Torah. In some cases, the chronological question may seem technical, but there are cases where the timing affects the very nature and message of the events that occurred.
Case: A man served as a teacher of bar-mitzva boys in a certain neighborhood for many years. In recent years, someone from a different neighborhood began taking students from the area. The former sued the latter for damages and to prevent him from continuing to teach boys in the area.
When one preserves kilayim in his field through an action that doesn’t directly touch the kilayim itself, like making a fence around them, he is subject to malkot (lashing) according to R. Akiva. The Sha’ar Hamelech claims that in the case of preserving through an action, Rabbanan agree that there is a Torah prohibition, and differs only by saying that there is no malkot.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated
to the memory of R’ Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld o.b.m.,
Yitzchak Eliezer Ben Avraham Mordechai Jacobson o.b.m.
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).