Shabbat Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim | 5769
Acharei Mot | 8 Iyar 5769 | 5/2/2009
Twice in our parasha (Vayikra 19:15; 19:35), the Torah stresses the commandment, “Do not do iniquity in judgment.” This is certainly a sign that having a just judicial system is a major part of the success of society. This is so basic to a society that Hashem chose having a judicial system as one of the seven Noachide laws. However, for those who have an intricate Torah upon which to base their rulings, the fairness of the process is all the more stressed.
I am part of a group of around 10 Jewish prison inmates (some, like me, are studying for conversion). Our cells (5 ft. X 9 ft.) have a toilet in them and during the time for Shacharit and Ma’ariv, I am not able to get out. Can I put on my tallit and pray at that time, in a “dirty place,” or is it an abomination to Hashem? Our rabbi died a few years ago, and we don’t have anyone to answer our questions any more. Also, could you send us some texts to study from?
[The Shunamit said about Elisha:] “… he is holy” (Melachim II, 4:9) [from which we can infer that] his attendant [Geichazi] is not holy.
A separated husband (=def) and wife (=pl) drew up a divorce agreement, including monetary arrangements. Pl was mochelet (relinquished rights to) her ketuba and related rights. Subsequently pl decided not to accept divorce and is suing for spousal support (mezonot) in beit din. She says that her mechila applies only when the agreement is intact. Def says that the mechila on the ketuba stands and includes the related obligation of support.
The Gemara in the beginning of Baba Metzia deals with the laws of 'Shevuat Modeh Bemiktzat'- the obligation of one who admits to part of the claim to swear. When one sues another person for a certain amount of money, and the defendant admits that he indeed owes part of the amount claimed, the Torah requires the defendant to swear that he does not owe the full amount claimed.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of
R ' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
Hemdat Yamim is
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).