Shabbat Parashat Behar| 5766
Behar | | 1/1/2005
Our parasha, which starts with the laws of shemitta (sabbatical year) and yovel (jubilee year) continues to discuss a series of laws regulating commerce, including limitations on the practice of slavery. Let us summarize the halachot as they arise and find the connection between them.
Par. 9 of our beit din’sRules and Procedures relates to a corporation as a litigant: “A. The litigants recognize the principle that a corporation has rights and liabilities and can sue or be sued. B. The litigants recognize the principle that corporations have limited liability. Therefore, claims are made in relation to the corporation’s assets, not those of its representatives, who act in its name, or of its stockholders, unless beit din decides that the corporation’s director, representatives, or shareholders are personally responsible.
Our Rabbis taught us that in telling the story of the Exodus from Egypt, we “start with the negative and finish with the positive.” One cannot appreciate the enormity of the Divine Mercy without seeing it within a continuum of events. We will properly see the miraculous, uplifting, positive events that occurred only if we view them in the context of less positive events, whereby each is instructive about the nature of the other.
This edition 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).