Shabbat Parashat Shelach| 5763
Shelach | | 1/13/2002
The story of the spies is retold in short in Tehillim 106:24-27. The first three p’sukim add flavor and perspective to the known sin and punishment without significant additions. The final pasuk reads as follows: “[He lifted His hand] to cast down their offspring among the nations and spread them out among the lands.” Almost the same words are repeated in Yechezkel 20:23. But where do we see an exile taking place at that point in history?
We have seen that a neighbor (matzran) who can exercise his right to buy an adjacent property before an outsider can, in certain ways, relinquish his right prior to the sale. If the sale was carried out without his agreement, the buyer need not worry indefinitely that the property will be taken away.
It is true that we have many dilemmas and difficulties in our struggle to teach and represent our eternal Torah in a challenging generation. However, this should not shake us one iota from the fundamental realization that we are witnessing the birthpains of geula. It is the time of ikvata d’meshicha (the difficult times leading to the coming of Mashiach), and it is also atchalta d’geula (the beginnings of geula). Our difficulties are actually related to the renaissance of Israel.
Question: As a gabbai who deals with various tzedakah collections, a few questions have arisen regarding changes in the recipient. 1. May one who intended to give to a certain institution but put the money in the wrong box take out the money and switch it? 2. Money was collected for a certain need (i.e. Maot Chittim for Russian Jews) but was not distributed on time. Can it be used for other needs or do you have to find a way to return it to the donors? 3. What happens if an institution put out a tzedakah box but never came to pick it up?
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).