Shabbat Parashat Beshalach| 5763
Beshalach | | 1/13/2002
Our parasha tells of the “food of angels” which Hashem provided us when we followed him in the desert. “Bnei Yisrael called its name, man; it was white, it was like coriander seed and it tasted like a cake fried in honey” (Shemot 16:31). The Torah continues by putting the matter in historical perspective, stating: “Bnei Yisrael ate the man for forty years until they came to an inhabited land; they ate the man until they came to the edge of Eretz C’naan” (ibid.:35).
The mesader kiddushin is the most visible and active participant in the marriage ceremony and is needed to ensure it is run according to halacha, but we must note that his is not the most halachically indispensable function. That distinction belongs to the two kosher witnesses (eidim), without whom kiddushin is impossible (Kiddushin 65a).
Avraham, the first of the forefathers of our nation, showed his connection to the Land by planting. “He planted an eshel in Be’er Sheva,” (Bereishit 21:33). When Avraham settled the Land, he felt that he needed to do an action to strengthen his connection to it. It was not enough to breathe the air of the land or make use of that which was on its surface. Rather, he wanted to connect himself to the land through something living and growing whose nourishment was from the land. Thus, he planted the first tree of the first “Hebrew” in his land.
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).