Shabbat Parashat Chukat| 5767
Chukat | | 1/1/2006
Our parasha deals with several events that occurred on the eve of Bnei Yisrael’s entry into Eretz Yisrael. One of the more surprising ones is Bnei Yisrael’s complaints about the man. In the context of their distress at the traveling, circumventing the Land of Edom, they said: “…
Case: The plaintiff rented an apartment from the defendant. In order to cover himself in the case of damages, the defendant took jewelry from the plaintiff as collateral. During the time of the rental, the apartment was damaged by moisture that seeped in, which was not attended to in a timely fashion by the plaintiff/renter. The defendant/landlord is withholding the jewelry until the plaintiff pays for the damages to the apartment. The plaintiff demands his jewelry back, claiming that the damages were caused only by gerama (indirect damage), for which he is not obligated to pay.
Hashem saw that the righteous are few, so He planted them in each and every generation” (Yoma 38b). Planting involves interconnectedness. A plant is nourished by its surroundings but also helps protect them. Every generation has its task, its special light, its own problems and own solutions. Choni Ham’agel slept for 70 years and woke up in his grandchildren’s generation.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of
R' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld o.b.m.
Hemdat Yamim is also dedicated by Les & Ethel Sutker of Chicago, Illinois in loving memory of
Max and Mary Sutker
and Louis and Lillian Klein, z"l.
May their memory be a blessing!
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).