Shabbat Parashat Noach | 5764
Noach | | 1/2/2004
The story of the mabul (Great Flood) is prefaced by an introduction to Noach and his family and a description of the corruption (hashchata) of the land, which stemmed from the corruption of “all flesh.” What exactly was the corruption, which brought on such calamity? We should also look for an explanation for the need to mention the birth of Noach’s children, after they were mentioned only a few p’sukim earlier at the end of Parashat Bereishit.
The first two mishnayot of Elu Metziot contrast similar cases of found items with small but significant differences between them. The first mishna lists cases where the objects “are his [the finder’s].” The second mishna lists those that “he is required to announce” so that the owner who lost something can identify his object.
The need to make for oneself a rav is one of the fundamentals of Judaism. Everyone, according to his personal level, must find someone on a higher spiritual level to whom to listen, even to surrender himself to the rav’s instructions even when they are difficult to implement and understand. Our Rabbis referred to this concept when they said,
Question: Someone made the beracha of “Shehakol” on a food which required a different beracha (for argument’s sake, “Mezonot”). I know he is yotzei b’dieved (fulfilled his obligation, after the fact). However, does that mistaken beracha work to exempt other foods, either those which require “Mezonot” like the food he is eating or those that require “Shehakol” like the beracha he made?
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).