Shabbat Parashat Eikev| 5764
Eikev | | 1/8/2003
One of the trials that Bnei Yisrael had to undergo in the desert is described as follows in our parasha. “He afflicted you and let you hunger, and He fed you the manna … in order to inform you that not by bread alone shall man live, but by all that emanates from Hashem’s mouth (motza pi Hashem)shall man live” (Devarim 8:3). The Ibn Ezra wonders how it is possible to speak simultaneously about Hashem causing hunger and feeding.
Case: A father agreed to pay 300 liras per child for child support as part of his divorce settlement until his children reach the age of eighteen. His teenage daughter now earns 250 liras a month, and the father wants to reduce that money from the child support, as the previous level of support is now unnecessary.
Kilei zeraim (sowing a field with seeds of different species) does not apply in chutz la’aretz. This is the unanimous opinion of the gemara (Kiddushin 39a). It is true that in the Yerushalmi, R. Yochanan is cited as saying that kilei zeraim applies in chutz la’aretz from the Torah, because it is connected to the prohibition of sha’atnez (combining fibers from different species in clothing). However, we accept the opinion of the Talmud Bavli in this matter (Rambam 1:1).
This edition of Hemdat Yamim
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).