Shabbat Parashat Yitro| 5763
Yitro | | 1/13/2002
Our parasha spells out the characteristics of ideal dayanim (rabbinical judges): “men of valor, G-d fearing men, men of truth, those who hate money” (Shemot 18:21). In Sefer Devarim, three more characteristics are mentioned: knowledgeable, wise and known by your tribes (1:13). The stress on intellectual and moral qualifications is quite straightforward, but we will soon see that there is another factor which Chazal stressed.
What happens if one of the appointed witnesses at a wedding turns out to be invalid? Can we rely on people in the audience as witnesses?
A man came to court, demanding to be allowed to give a get to his wife or receive permission to remarry. He told the court that his wife admitted that she had been married previously and received neither a get nor official confirmation of her husband’s death. At first, she told the courts that she had been married in a proper Jewish ceremony, but that her husband had been killed in the Russian Army.
Question:Am I correctly remembering that there were boys, before bar mitzvah, reading from the Torah at a local synagogue? I have an 9 year old who is anxious to participate. Is it "kosher" for a pre-bar mitzvah child to read from the Torah? Are there other parts of the service that he can do?
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).