Shabbat Parashat Behar Bechukotai| 5770
Behar | 24 Iyar 5770 | 5/8/2010
Our two parshiyot share a special theme, the laws of shemitta (sabbatical year) and yovel (jubilee). Behar talks about the laws of these two special years, and the section of rebuke in Bechukotai warns that if we do not follow these laws, the land will rest while we are in exile. Yet the Torah says that in general we are punished for “My laws (mishpatay) you despised and My statutes (chukotai) your souls reviled” (Vayikra 26:43). What are these chukim, and how are they related to the mishpatim?
Must a child obey if parents disapprove of his choice of a spouse?
When [Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakai] was about to die, he said to [his students]: Remove the utensils from here because of impurity and prepare a place for Chizkiya, the king of Judea, who is coming.
A couple is living separately, with the husband initially demanding to be allowed to divorce his wife and the wife asking for support. In the meantime, their older son is living at an institution, and the younger one is living with his mother. The father demands to have them in his custody, saying that his older son in his an institution because his mother is not able to raise him. The matter has been sent to a social worker to determine what is in the children’s best interest, but that report has not yet become available. In the meantime, the father says that if he does not have custody of his sons, he should not have to support them.
This week in the Daf Hayomi, the Gemara (85b) begins to deal with the issue of kidnapping. The Gemara (86a) interprets the eighth commandment of the Ten Commandments, "do not steal," as referring to kidnapping. Later on, in Parshat Mishpatim (Shemot 21, 16), the Torah specifies further: "If one steals a man and sells him, and he is found in his hands, he shall be put to death."
This week’s Hemdat Yamim is dedicated in loving memory of
R' Meir ben
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).