Shabbat Parashat Chukat| 5765
Chukat | | 02/01/2004
Our parasha refers to mysterious battles and miracles, without going into much detail. The Torah does something else mysterious in that context. In one place, it says, “On this, it says in the Book of the Wars of Hashem, …” (Bamidbar 21:14). Later, it says, “On this the moshlim (authors or poets or ?) said, ‘Come to Cheshbon …’” (ibid.:27). What are these references that the Torah mentions? What work(s) is the Torah quoting?
Case: A school was late in paying a teacher’s salary. The teacher now demands that the school add on to the salary due, in accordance with par. 17 of The Law to Protect Wages, which sets schedules of penalty payments in such cases. The school responds that they cannot pay, as an extra payment for delaying to pay a financial obligation is a violation of the laws of ribbit (usury).
Chazal tell us: “We attempt to strengthen only those who are already strong.” This statement has a double implication: one positive, one negative. On one hand, whoever does not strengthen himself cannot be strengthened by others, and the encouragement (chizuk) he receiveswill fall on deaf ears.
Question: I was hired by a school to work as a speech therapist. They promised that I would be paid for a minimum of 12 hours. During the course of the year, some students left the school, and now there are a couple of hours a week during which I have nothing to do. The school continues to pay me in full. Is it right for me to be taking the full pay?
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).