Shabbat Parashat Toldot| 5764
Toldot | | 08/01/2003
The story of the relationship between Ya’akov and Eisav is to be understood on two planes: the relationship between two biological brothers and that between the nations of their descendants, Am Yisrael and Edom. From the perspective of, “the actions of the fathers are a sign for the sons,” we can search history and identify events and phenomena that are rooted in ancient events.
We saw last week that inheriting sons must support their sisters until the time that they get married or should have done so. As the sisters get married, another obligation, of an unusual nature, usually crops up. This obligation, known as isur nechasim, relates to the sisters’ dowry. We have seen in past weeks that a father is not required to provide a dowry for his daughters but is encouraged and expected to do so.
The following gemara is critical for the various opinions on a case where a non-Jew starts cooking and a Jew completes it. “Whether a non-Jew places the food on the flame and a Jew handles it afterward or whether a Jew places the food and a non-Jew handles it, it is permitted (Avoda Zara 38b). We can claim that the only question is whether the Jew joined the cooking process before or after the point of ma’achal ben d’rusa’i (barely edible).
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).