Shabbat Parashat Bo| 5765
Bo | | 1/2/2004
Four sections in Parshat Bo focus on the mitzva of korban pesach, clearly emphasizing its importance. The mitzva of korban pesach is inherently connected to that of brit milah. There is no need to expound on the mitzva of milah’s special role among the 613 mitzvot. Suffice it to say that there are two indisputable facts about the mitzvot of korban pesach and brit milah that illustrate their significance and inter-connection.
Case: A couple purchased an apartment after being married for some time. It was registered in the Tabu (Land Registry) in both of their names. The wife claims that she contributed from personal funds, which her husband was aware of, half the cost of the apartment, and that it is the reason that it was registered in her name as well. The husband says that he paid for the entire apartment, and that it was registered in the name of both because that is what is customary.
There is a machloket between Tanaim (Rosh Hashana 14-15) whether the status of an etrog in regard to the laws of Shemitta follows the time of budding of the fruit or the time it is picked. [Etrog is different from other fruit in that it is classically watered by its owner, as opposed to other fruit, which are sustained by rain water]. The mishna (Sukka 39a) assumes that the laws of Shemitta apply when buying an etrog in the seventh year.
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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).