Shabbat Parashat Beshalah| 5767
Beshalach | | 1/1/2006
How stirring were Moshe’s words to Bnei Yisrael: “Stand and see Hashem’s salvation … Hashem will fight for you, and you shall be silent” (Shemot 14: 13-14). It is wonderful to be assured that pending doom will turn into salvation. However, one can ask whether standing silently as Hashem did miracles was ideal.
Case: A divorced mother wants the daughter in her custody to travel to chutz la’aretz (outside Israel) for up to three months. The father opposes the idea, claiming that one should not leave Israel without due justification.
Rav Kook did not have a fundamental interest in dealing with those who fought for a secular Judaism. He was in some ways forced to accept the yoke, as our forefathers were in some ways forced to accept the Torah. In other ways, as Rav Kook saw himself as “a servant to a holy nation in the Holy Land,” he accepted the yoke willingly.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of
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).