Shabbat Parashat Miketz| 5764
Miketz | | 1/8/2003
During Yosef’s first meeting with his brothers, after such a long separation, the Torah stresses, “Yosef remembered the dreams which he dreamt about them” (Bereishit 42:9). The dreams’ impact on Yosef’s treatment of his brothers was very profound. Indeed, so had Yosef’s dreams molded the brothers’ image of him, as the Torah relates: “They continued to hate him for his dreams and for his words” (ibid. 37:8).
One of a husband’s obligations to his wife is medical support (refuah) (Even Haezer 79). Why is there a separate category of obligation when refuah seems to be within the framework of regular support (mezonot)? There are similarities and differences between mezonot and refuah. One difference is that mezonot entails, primarily, normal expenses, whereas refuah refers to payments for specific, often costly, expenses that arise. In some ways, refuah is more similar to the obligation to redeem a kidnapped wife from her captors (pidyon) (ibid., 78).
Rav Yisraeli z.t.l. played many roles in the developing, Israeli religious society and broke ground in many areas. During the ‘50s, Rav Yisraeli taught Jewish Philosophy in the Medrashiat Noam Yeshiva High School. Realizing that no one work addressed the plethora of basic, philosophical, belief-oriented issues occupying the minds of the modern religious youth of the new state, he decided to rectify the situation. The result: “Perakim B’Machshevet Yisrael.”
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is
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).