Shabbat Parashat Pinchas| 5766
Pinchas | | 1/1/2005
The daughters of Tzlofchad … the son of Yosef approached … saying: ‘Our father died in the desert, and he was not among the group that stood up against Hashem in the group of Korach … Why should our father’s name be lacking from his family, for he has no son. Give us a portion among the brothers of our father’” (Bamidbar 27: 1-4). Chazal have demonstrated many points of wisdom and righteousness in these illustrious women words and deeds. Let us suggest new ideas to appreciate the wisdom of their claims.
In the Rules of the Beit Din it is written that the both the plaintiff and the defendant have to write their claim and their response to the claim, respectively, prior to the hearing. The claim form should specify the nature of the claim, and in the response, the defendant should refer and respond to the details of the claim. Let us investigate the halachic basis for this requirement.
People are preoccupied with the question of whether we are in the beginning of redemption or in a period of darkness, and diametrically opposed answers are given. Proponents of the pessimistic approach point at the corruption and spiritual decadence of much of Israeli society and the political isolation we suffer. The crux of the dispute seems to depend on the relative stress one puts on two foundations of Judaism, the individual and the community.
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).