Shabbat Parashat Shoftim| 5770
Shoftim | 4 Elul 5770 | 8/14/2010
Our haftara begins with the words: “It is I, it is I [Hashem] who is your consoler” (Yeshaya 51:12) and ends with “… and He who gathers you, the G-d of Israel” (ibid. 52:12). How does Hashem console the nation, and what is His special role in the ingathering?
In a market with a very limited number of stores, is one store allowed to prevent all competition by renting and keeping empty a store that became available, thus allowing him to charge higher prices?
“Hashem said to Moshe [in the aftermath of the sin of the Golden Calf]: ‘Go, lower yourself’” (Shemot 32:7). Rav Elazar explained [that it was not just that he should descend Mt. Sinai but] that he should go down from his high level. He was in effect saying: “The only reason that I gave you such greatness is because of Israel. Now that Israel has sinned, why do you need [such greatness]?”
A couple began adjudication, with the husband asking to give a get and the wife asking for reconciliation. The two finally agreed on a get and empowered beit din to come to a compromise ruling on finances. As a result, the wife was to receive, along with her get, 28,000 liras, with which she would have relinquished any claims for a ketuba payment. The couple did not carry out the get, and the wife is now (a year and a half later) asking for reconciliation, including mezonot (spousal support). She claims that they had been living, in the interim, as husband and wife...
This week in the Daf Hayomi, we will learn the seventh chapter in Masechet Shevuot, which deals with various oaths that the Sages instituted in special situations. One of these oaths is the partner's oath; an oath that the Sages instituted for someone who deals with money that belongs to someone else, such as one partner who deals with his partner's money.
This week’s Hemdat Yamim is dedicated in loving 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).