Shabbat Parashat Ki Tissa| 5766
Ki Tisa | | 1/1/2005
Imagine that you are sick and find out that your doctor is on vacation. What do you do? Would you ask your cell phone what medicine to take? The question that is repeatedly asked on our parasha is how Bnei Yisrael, only weeks after experiencing the unparalleled, awesome revelation of the Divine Presence, could so easily demand an idol to lead them. The Ramban provides one of the most well known answers (on Shemot 32:1).
Case: A man died, leaving much of his property to his son from his second wife. His will states that his daughters from his first wife will serve as guardians (apputropus) over his son. The son was 9 at the time and is now 14. The widow has sued the guardians over a matter of support from the estate, and the matter is before beit din. However, beit din must decide if the guardians still have authority to represent the orphan in beit din.
Before appraising the situation of religion in Israel and in our movement in order to plan our course of action, we should consider the special nature of the issue of the status of religion in the country. The status of religion in Israel differs greatly from that in Diaspora communities. If we make a purely numerical appraisal, our situation is much better than those of even the largest Jewish populations of the Diaspora.
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).