Shabbat Parashat Haazinu| 5767
Ha'azinu | | 01/01/2006
After reciting the frightening consequences found in the Song of Ha’azinu, Moshe gave the following advice: “Place your hearts to all the things that I am testifying before you today that you shall command them to your sons to keep and do all of the words of this Torah. For it is not an empty (rek)thing for you, for it is your lives, and through this matter you will have long lives in the Land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess” (Devarim 32:46-7).
Case: The plaintiffs and the defendants have been sharing a building for their respective elementary school and nursery for decades. The municipality had been paying rent to the owner of the building but, a few years ago, started charging the plaintiffs for the rent (improperly, according to both litigants). The plaintiffs demand that the defendants pay rent, corresponding to their (minority) portion of the building. The defendants feel that as a “mandatory” nursery, the municipality will not make them pay their portion, but, in the meantime, the municipality has refused to give them an exemption. Because the municipality threatened to vacate the building if the rent were not paid, the plaintiffs had to date paid the entire rent.
Rava used to say, daily, and Rav Hamnuna, on Yom Kippur, the following declaration: “Until I was created, I was unworthy, and now that I was created, it is as if I was not created. I am as dirt in my life, all the more so, in my death. I am before you like a utensil full of disgrace...” We know from accounts of our rabbis, that they did not make declarations that they did not feel were true, even if they knew they were (see Yoma 69b). So let us put this in perspective.
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).