Shabbat Parashat Vayakhel Pekudei| 5763
Vayakhel | | 1/13/2002
One of the last p’sukim of Shemot says: “The cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of Hashem filled the Tabernacle” (Shemot 40:34). This pasuk is reminiscent of the Torah’s description of the giving of the Torah at Har Sinai. There, it says: “Moshe ascended the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of Hashem dwelled on Har Sinai, and the cloud covered it (Shemot 24:15-16). These events epitomize, to a degree, the goals of the Exodus.
We have seen that violating Torah laws whose punishment is malkot (flogging) causes a p’sul (invalidation) from the Torah. What happens if violation of the Torah laws does not stem from wickedness? The Shulchan Aruch (Choshen Mishpat 34:24) rules that if one does an aveirah which he likely does not know is forbidden, then he is disqualified only if warned.
After 40 years of the State of Israel, we still have not merited, “and the Land was quiet.” To the contrary, we witness a total enlistment of the foreign nation in our midst to the cause of murder and destruction, coupled with the brazen claim that we are racist conquerors trying to steal another’s land. From where do they nurture the claims that we are outsiders in the land which is full of our history, our toil, and our achievements in rebuilding the land in a manner which has benefited them, as well?
Question: In our community, there has always been one shul. Over time, there have been major changes in the origin of the Jewish population, and many either want to change the minhagim of the shul or to start a new minyan. Are there issues of "Lo titgod'du" or changing minhagim?
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).