Shabbat Parashat Lech Lecha| 5765
Lech Lecha | | 1/1/2005
In all of Tanach, the command, “lech lecha (you shall go)” is found only twice, both in regard to our first patriarch. The first time, Hashem told Avram to leave his homeland for the Promised Land, with the promise of success in his future (Bereishit 12: 1-2). The second time is when He commanded Avraham (his name had already been changed) to go to the Land of Moriah and bring his son as a human sacrifice (ibid. 22: 1-2).
Often one who wants to give tzedakah (charity) to collectors but lacks sufficient small change “makes change” from the synagogue’s tzedakah box. Many people are careful not to take full change but to leave a donation in the box. Is this required?
The Rabbis of Bavel, who continued the chain of the Oral Law tradition on foreign land and composed Talmud Bavli, stressed that location influences the development of one’s personality. They distinguished between the talmidei chachamim of Bavel and those of Eretz Yisrael. Referring to the pasuk in Zecharia, they called the talmidei chachamim of Eretz Yisrael, “noam (pleasantness)” and those of Bavel, “chovlim (damagers).” The former are pleasant with one another in the study of halacha and the latter “damage” each other in that study (Sanhedrin 24a).
An author made a binding agreement with a publisher to publish his book. The publisher received the right to sell the book and was required to pay royalties to the author as editions were published. The publisher was significantly behind in his payments, citing large debt. The author died, and his inheritors want to nullify the contract because it was breeched or use the rights to the book as a means of payment. [We will discuss the topic in two parts: 1) whether late payment voids an agreement; 2) whether inheritors have to uphold this type of agreement.]
This edition of
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).