Shabbat Parashat Tazria Metzora| 5763
Tazria | | 1/13/2002
We will deal this week with the haftara of Parashat Metzora. It starts with a description of four lepers sitting hopelessly outside the gates of a besieged Shomron. Who were the lepers, and why were they outside the gates? R. Yochanan tells us that they were Geichazi and his sons (Sota 47a).
We have learned that a woman must be secure in the knowledge that her ketuba document is intact. What happens if it does get lost? Firstly, we have to understand what “lost” means. If things are moved around and the ketuba is not immediately located, but is presumed to be “around,” then no steps need to be taken.
The land which was occupied by the olei Mitzrayim (those who entered the Land after the 40 years of wandering after the Exodus) and was sanctified by conquest, is said to have “kedusha rishona” (first sanctity) (Erchin 32b). There is a machloket whether this sanctity lasted only until the first Beit Hamikdash was destroyed or that it continued without ever being subject to cessation.
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).