Shabbat Parashat Vayeira 5766
Vayeira | | 1/1/2006
As Hashem’s decision to destroy S’dom was nearly complete, He allowed Avraham to try to defend his neighbors and soften the pending Divine judgment against them. The Torah explains why Hashem saw it fit to involve Avraham in the matter. Avraham was one who commanded his household and descendents to “keep the way of Hashem to do charity and justice” (Bereishit 18:19). Let us investigate the nature of these attributes of doing charity and justice.
An author made a binding agreement with a publisher. 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 far behind in his payments, citing large debt. The author died, and his inheritors want to nullify the contract because it was breeched or to use the book’s rights as a means of payment. [Last week, we showed that the author was unable to cancel the agreement. Now, we will address whether the agreement obligates the inheritors.]
The gemara (Avoda Zara 19a) learns an important concept from the pasuk, “But rather in the Torah of Hashem is his desire and in his Torah he meditates day and night” (Tehillim 1:2). The gemara understands the second part of the pasuk as referring to man’s Torah, not Hashem’s. That is because that which started as Hashem’s Torah becomes man’s Torah after he studies it.
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).