Shabbat Parashat Beha'alotcha| 5764
Beha'alotcha | | 1/8/2004
Ohel Moed (The Tent of Meeting) was the place where Moshe received critical messages from Hashem on behalf of His nation, Israel. One is curious what the first such message was. According to the Midrash (Bamidbar Rabba 15:8) it was the commandment to Aharon to kindle the lights of the menorah.
Case: A request was made to certify a will which transferred money to inheritors both by means of an admission that certain property belongs to them and by means of the will’s benefactor obligating himself in the elements of the will. The issue is that both the admission and the obligation were done on condition that the benefactor could back out until soon before his death. Is such a will valid?
Tosafot (Bava Batra 114b) brings two explanations for why a deceased husband does not “inherit his wife in the grave,” which would have allowed his inheritors to receive the wife’s estate through him even when he died before her. The Rivan says that it is because their relationship, which the Torah calls “sh’er” (implying great closeness), is severed by death.
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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).