Shabbat Parashat Noach | 5770
Noach | 6 Cheshvan 5770 | 24/10/2009
Rabbinical courts are apprehensive about using coercion to facilitate a get out of fear that, if done improperly, it will render the get invalid and subject the subsequent unknowing couple that the get enabled, to live in sin and bear mamzerim. However, the courts must remember that if this concern is taken to an extreme, women will be unduly kept “in chains”, which is against the age-old rabbinic tradition to search for every validly possible measure to permit an aguna. The refusal to act even by a few rabbinical courts can be responsible for the ire of women’s advocacy groups and the community as a whole against rabbinical courts in general.
I daven with a minyan on a train car in Israel that has become set aside for that purpose. Someone brings a sefer Torah (=sT) to read from on Mondays and Thursdays. I have heard that one may not move a sT from its set place to read from. Is what we are doing permitted?
A favorite saying of Abayei was: A person should always be cunning in his fear of Hashem, respond softly and prevent anger, and speak in peace with his brothers and relatives and every person, including the idol worshipper in the market, so that he will be beloved Above and cherished below and be accepted by people.
Aseh Lecha Rav (II, 64) says that a strike because of an infringement on workers’ rights is permitted within the rights of a municipality to make regulations. However, when there is a disagreement between the sides about whether there are grounds for grievances, a respected, appointed arbitrator is needed to decide. Rav Halevi reasoned that a public body, including a talmid chacham and public figures, is necessary. Rav Uziel and Rav Yisraeli also discuss the matter (in Techumin V).
It once was customary to live in a structure where a number of houses opened into one courtyard. The courtyard was in joint ownership between the different home owners, and had many uses. The question arose, may one home owner expand his home so that more people would be able to live in it, or can the neighbors claim that they don't want more people using the courtyard?
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of
ben Yehudah Mayer
a lover of the Jewish Nation Torah and Land
R' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
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).