Shabbat Parashat Chukat 5771
Chukat | 30 Sivan 5771 | 7/2/2011
Twice in the book of Bamidbar, there is mention of a battle involving a place called Chorma. The first is in Parashat Shelach, in the aftermath of the sin of the spies (Bamidbar 14: 40-45). Hashem told the people they could enter the Land, but a group of enthusiastic people known as the ma’apilim attempted to go despite Moshe’s warnings. There, we are told that the Canaanites and the Amalekites smote them until Chorma. The second tells of a counterattack of the Israelites against the Canaanites that ended successfully at Chorma (ibid. 21: 1-3). The early commentaries dispute whether these are referring to different elements of the same battle, which took place in the second year in the desert, or whether they are referring to events that were separated by almost 40 years. Let us take the approach of Unkelus, Ibn Ezra, and others, who see the accounts relating to the same event, and see what we can learn from it.
Where is the exact place to put the tefillin shel rosh? It appears that many men put them too low in front, and no one says anything!
How do we know that the metargem (he who translates the Torah reading into Aramaic, according to the old practice) should not raise his voice above that of the koreh (he who reads)? It is as it says: “Moshe would speak, and Hashem would answer him with a voice,” i.e., according to Moshe’s voice (Shemot 19:19) … If the metargem cannot raise his voice, the koreh should lower his while reading.
The husband (=pl) has been demanding divorce for 12 years. Beit din ruled that the wife (=def) is obligated to receive a get. Pl is poor and cannot pay the ketuba, but def is living in an apartment owned by his parents, and they are willing to let her continue staying there for free as instructed by beit din.
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