Shabbat Parashat Chayei Sarah| 5764
Chayei Sarah | | 1/8/2003
The Torah stresses not only Eliezer’s meeting of Rivka at the well, but also her first encounter with Yitzchak. Midrash Tanchuma (Shemot 10) even lists the latter encounter as an example of our forefathers’ meeting their spouse by a well (B’er Lachai Ro’i). What can be learned from this ostensibly insignificant encounter? How did Yitzchak and Rivka react at “first sight”? Yitzchak saw camels coming (Bereishit 24: 63); Rivka saw Yitzchak.
There is a misconception that, upon the death of a father, his sons, the sole inheritors, are in a better financial situation than their sisters. However, this is often not so, because two rabbinical institutions ensure that the basic needs of the daughters are seen to, at the expense of the sons. The first obligation, ketubat banin nukvan (the ketuba of the female children), requires the inheritors to support their sisters on an ongoing basis from the property of the estate.
Can one give a hechsher to powdered potatoes which are cooked by non-Jews and dehydrated, in such a way that requires them to be lightly fried in order to eat? (Withholding the hechsher will cause the [Jewish] company great losses). The Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh Deah 113: 9) writes: “If a non-Jew cooked the food till ma’achal ben drusa’i (=mbd) (marginally edible food), and it was completed by a Jew, one should forbid the food unless the question arises soon before Shabbat or Yom Tov or the matter involves great loss.”
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).