Shabbat Parashat Behar| 5768
| 12 Iyar 5768 | 5/17/2008
Our short parasha is packed with issues of social justice. These include the social equality elements of shemittah (Sabbatical year) and yovel (jubilee) and limitations and regulation on slavery from abuse (when society was not ready to function without slavery).
Question: Please give some guidelines on when the mitzva of tochacha (giving rebuke) applies? If one is not sure if the recipient will respond positively or negatively, should he say something?
Last time we saw about the positive steps that Yehoshua took to impress upon Bnei Yisrael that although they were entering a life of natural, physical existence, they must remember that Hashem’s Hand is responsible for their successes. Now we will deal with some shortcomings.
Case: The plaintiff (=pl) was a ram in the defendant’s (=def) yeshiva for four and a half years and was fired in the middle of the winter term. Pl demands severance pay and payment until the end of the year. Def justifies the firing based on the undisputed fact that pl came late several times and that he once hit a student.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated in loving memory of
R ' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
Hemdat Yamim is endowed by Les & Ethel Sutker of
Max and Mary Sutker
and Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l.
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).