Shabbat Parashat Beha'alotcha | 5769
Beha'alotcha | 14 Sivan 5769 | 6/6/2009
Moshe Rabbeinu led Bnei Yisrael for approximately 41 years. In our parasha we find him seeming to cave in under pressure. “Did I conceive this nation or did I give birth to it, that You should say to me, ‘Carry it in your bosom as a nursing woman carries the nursing baby’ …. I will not be able to bear this whole nation alone, for it is too heavy for me” (Bamidbar 11: 12, 14).
I am on my state’s History- Social Science Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee. We have been debating whether the Ancient Hebrews should be referred to by the name “Hebrews” or “Israelites.” How does your organization refer to your ancient ancestors? Related questions: Was it the Hebrews or the Israelites who organized the Kingdom of Israel? From which did the teaching that God established ethical principles for humankind emerge?
On Shabbat [in the Beit Hamikdash], they would add another beracha for the mishmar (the group of kohanim finishing a week of service): “He who had His Name dwell in this house should have love, brotherhood, peace, and friendship dwell among you.”
The plaintiff (=pl) is a contractor who was hired by the defendant (=def) to renovate her apartment. During the work, def added more work. At some point, conflicts arose and the work was stopped. Def took another contractor to finish the job and, as usual, it cost more than it would have cost for pl to finish the job. Pl demands to be paid for the value of the work he carried out. [Other elements of this din Torah were discussed in Halacha Psuka, vol. 43.]
This week in the Daf Hayomi, the Gemara (37a) deals with a few cases where a person knows that he owes money, but he is in doubt as to whom he owes it to. One of the cases is where two people gave money to someone to watch for them; one gave a hundred and the other two hundred. When they came to retrieve their money, each claimed that he deposited the two hundred, and the guardian did not remember who deposited the hundred and who the two hundred.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of
R ' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
Hemdat Yamim is endowed by
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).