Shabbat Parashat Naso 5772
Naso | 12 Sivan 5772 | 6/2/2012
The matter of nazir, one who vows to abstain from grape products, hair cutting, (and, for regular nezirut) coming in contact with the dead, is one of the noteworthy elements of our parasha, especially because of the diverse approaches to it. The Torah does not bind one to the restrictions of a nazir automatically and does not instruct a person to accept it upon himself. Yet the Torah has several hints at a very positive outlook on the practice. First, the Torah describes the process of making oneself a nazir as being “for Hashem” (Bamidbar 6:2). He is then described, during his nezirut, as being “holy to Hashem” (ibid. 8). As the Seforno expounds: “He merited having the light of life and being ready to understand and teach, as is fit for the holy people of the generation.” This is in line with the Ramban’s explanation of the sin-offering that a nazir brings after his nezirut. The Ramban says that he is a sinner, in that he had experienced the sanctity of the service of Hashem of a nazir and should have continued that state forever. When he returns to the world of physical desires, he needs atonement.
Is it permitted to buy futures contracts of hogs? You are not buying pigs, but receive ‘paper’ which, if you hold it on a certain date, you will receive the hogs, but not if you sell it before that date.
“… No nega (affliction) will approach your tent” (Tehillim 91:10) – that you should not find your wife to be a safek (doubt of being a) nidda when you come back from a trip.
The plaintiff (=pl) is a shul that is located in a courtyard off the street, and people must enter by passing through a walkway that goes through the defendant’s (=def, a store) property, which is also used by workers and customers. The Land Registry has the area registered as owned by def but slated for the use of pl as well. The walkway had been roofed for years with a semi-transparent plastic material. Because of leaks in the roof of def’s store, def redid the roof and extended it over parts of the walkway. Pl complains that the new roof damages their rights in a few ways. It restricts light and air. It is also lower, thereby preventing bringing large items in. It also makes it harder to see who is coming the other way, which causes problems of modesty when a man and a woman enter the area from different sides. Therefore, pl wants the new roof removed. Beit din visited the site and saw that the additions are only a few centimeters lower, and while there is some darkness, one does not feel a lack of air or crowdedness.
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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).