Shabbat Parashat Devarim| 5764
Devarim | | 1/8/2003
In several places (including Berachot 21b) Chazal refer to Sefer Devarim as “Mishneh Torah.” Tosafot (Gittin 2a) uses this name to help explain an interesting detail in the writing of a get. Rasag says that a get has twelve lines to correspond to the blank lines between the various sefarim of the Torah. There are actually sixteen lines (4 lines X 4 breaks). However, says Tosafot, the break between Bamidbar and Devarim does not count, because Mishneh Torah is just a repetition of the rest.
Case (summary from last week): The defendant (=def) and plaintiffs (=pl) own apartments in an apartment building. Pl object to def’s plans to build apartments to rent out on a portion of the roof. Pl´s complaints relate to living conditions both during and after construction.
The Torah writes explicitly: “You shall observe my decrees: your animals you shall not cross-breed with other species, your fields you shall not sow with mixed seed, and clothes with a mixture of different fibers (sha’atnez) you shall not place upon you” (Vayikra 19:19). Despite this fact, Rashi in several places (including Shabbat 84b) says that the prohibition of kilei zerzaim (seeding a field with a mixture of species) is only rabbinic.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory 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).