Shabbat Parashat Korach| 5770
Korach | 30 Sivan 5770 | 12/06/2010
The assembly of Korach was tested by the ketoret (incense), which they were told to bring to the entrance of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) (Bamidbar 16:17-18). Rashi (ad loc.) explains the significance of proving who was right by means of ketoret. On one hand, it is used as a particularly beloved form of service of Hashem. On the other hand, it contains the spice of death, as while handling it, Aharon’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, were killed.
I know that if one eats milchig (dairy food), he has to wash his hands and mouth before eating fleishig (meat food). What if he eats pareve (neither milk nor meat) food that was cooked in a fleishig pot? Although he does not have to wait six hours, does he at least have to clean his mouth and hands?
What does it mean: “Rejoice in trembling” (Tehillim 2:11)? Rav Ada bar Matna said in the name of Rav: “In the place of rejoicing (gila) there should be trembling (re’ada).”
The plaintiff (=pl) is suing the defendant (=def) for rights in def’s apartment based on the local practice. Def, who lives abroad, told his representative, who originally signed the arbitration agreement and represented def before beit din, to refuse to adjudicate before the official Rabbanut beit din, and to agree only to a specific unofficial beit din. Pl demands that the adjudication continue before the original beit din or it should issue a k’tav seiruv (document that states that the defendant refuses to appear before beit din and allows the plaintiff to go to the civil courts).
This week in the Daf Hayomi we begin to learn Tractate Makot. One of the main issues in the beginning of Makot is false witnesses. False witnesses are witnesses that testified against someone, and it was discovered that they were lying, since a second set of witnesses came and testified that the first set were in an entirely different location at the time of the event that they testified about. As to the reason why the second witnesses are believed, and not the first, see Hemdat Hadaf Hayomi to Parshat Ki Tisa 5769 (Baba Kama 72).
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).