Shabbat Parashat Toldot| 5767
Toldot | | 01/01/2006
Yaakov and Eisav were born and raised together but grew up differently. “And the youths grew up, and Eisav was a man who knows hunting, a man of the field, and Yaakov was a wholesome man, one who sits in tents” (Bereishit 25:27). What were the paths of these prototypes to reach their stations in life?
Case: A wife left home in South America and moved to Israel. Her husband refuses to move to Israel, and she refuses to return. The husband wants, under the circumstances, to get divorced but she refuses to receive a get.
The Beit Yosef (Orach Chayim 306) cites the Rashba’s response, dealing with a parallel case to ours. A girl was forcibly taken from her home by a Jewish apostate on Shabbat with the intention to remove her from the Jewish fold. The Rashba ruled that her father could not violate Shabbat to run after her, as her life was not in danger. His source is the gemara (Shabbat 4a) that one may not do even a small aveira (transgression) in order to save another from a bigger aveira.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory 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).