Shabbat Parashat R'ei | 5764
R'ei | | 1/8/2004
It is insufficient to understand the Torah’s messages and commands, individually. We must also understand the connection between them. The Torah says: “You are sons to Hashem, your G-d; do not cut yourselves (lo titgod’du) and do not make a baldness between your eyes for the dead” (Devarim 14:1). What is the connection between our being sons of Hashem and these prohibitions?
Case: A husband obligated himself in alimony with a signed document. He now claims that the document is invalid for a number of reasons, including the fact that the obligation is open-ended, which, according to the Rambam, invalidates it. He demands that beit din suspend further payment, despite the document having been approved by another beit din.
The gemara (Chulin 115a) inquires whether the product of mixed sowing (kilei zeraim) is included in the concept that “all which I categorized for you as an abomination is forbidden” (based on Devarim 14:3). The first stage in rejecting that proposition is to show that the animal born from cross-breeding (kilei beheima)is permitted, as is clear from the need for a special prohibition on such an animal in regard to sacrificing it. Based on the Torah’s connection between kilei zeraim and kilei beheima, the gemara derives that the crops grown from kilei zeraim are permitted, as well.
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).