Shabbat Parashat Shelach| 5770
Shelach | 23 Sivan 5770 | 6/5/2010
Parashat Shelach starts with the story of the spies and ends with the mitzva of tzitzit. While much has been written about each topic, we will try to connect the lessons of each. First let us show powerful linguistic proof of the connection. The spies were sent latur (explore) and “to see what the Land is.” Regarding tzitzit the Torah says: “Lo taturu (you shall not explore) after your heart and your eyes,” but rather, “it will be as tzitzit, and you will see it and remember.” It is thus clear that tzitzit is intended to remedy that which was ruined by the spies.
We have had problems in the past with moths in a certain closet, and so we have put a material that kills moths and their larvae by fumes that are trapped and accumulate inside. If we open the door, may we close it again on Shabbat, or is that considered killing the moths?
One who is outside Israel, should focus his prayers on Israel; those in Israel should focus on Yerushalayim; one who is in Yerushalayim … It turns out that all of the Jewish Nation is focused on one place. Rav Avin said: What is the pasuk [that expresses this idea]? “Like the Tower of David is your neck, built as talpiyot” (Shir Hashirim 4:4). [Talpiyot hints at the idea that it is a ruins to which all face.]
A husband (=def) says that, as a soldier, he does not have the ability to support his family. While Bituach Leumi (the Israeli equivalent of Social Security) is willing to forward money to the family, def will owe the money to Bituach Leumi when he is released from the army. He claims that since he has no money now, he should be exempt and not have to incur debt. If his wife (=pl) wants, he is willing to give a get.
This week in the Daf Hayomi, one of the issues the Gemara discusses is Ir Hanidachat, a city of idolaters. When an entire city god forbid worships idolatry, the punishment is different than the punishment for a single person who worships idolatry. Therefore, the Gemara raises the question of when someone staying in a city attains the status of a city resident.
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).