Shabbat Parashat Bamidbar| 5771
Bamidbar | 24 Iyar 5771 | 5/28/2011
The day of celebrating the unification of Yerushalayim and its return to the status of a “city that was united together” (Tehillim 122:2) requires a look at the unification of the Nation of Israel and the reaching of consensus on certain matters. Let us do so with a look at what preceded the original declaration of Yerushalayim as our eternal capital.
I have enough money to buy an apartment in Israel but I do not plan to live there in the near future. I could also use the money to help support people or programs in Israel. Which is the preferred way to fulfill yishuv Eretz Yisrael?
When Rabbi Yitzchak came, he said: There was one city in Eretz Yisrael called Gufaniyot, in which eighty pairs of brothers who were kohanim were married to eighty pairs of sisters who were the daughters of kohanim. The Rabbis checked from Sura to Naharda’a (two important cities in Bavel) and found only the daughters of Rav Chisda who were married to Rami and Mar Ukva, the sons of Chama, and while those sisters were the daughters of a kohen, the brothers were not.
The litigants are a Hassidic group, based in Beit Shemesh (def), and a rabbi who works for the Israeli Rabbinate (pl). It is a matter of dispute who is the plaintiff and who is the defendant. This is significant in this case, where the immediate point of contention is the venue of adjudication and the rule is that the defendant has the main prerogative in choosing the beit din to hear the matter...
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Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l
Dedicated in memory of
on the occasion of his yahrzeit, 24 Iyar,
This edition of
Rabbi Shlomo Merzel o.b.m,
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).