Shabbat Sukkot 5774
Succot | 17 Tishrei 5774 | 9/21/2013
Every day of Sukkot, we read a short (especially in Israel) Torah portion from Pinchas, which lists the special korbanot that are offered throughout the chag. In this Torah portion, nothing about Sukkot as a unique holiday is mentioned: not its name, not the mitzva of sukka, and not the mitzva of lulav and etrog. Abarbanel notices this and says simply that these were already mentioned in Parashat Emor. However, he does not mention that despite this idea, eating matza is mentioned for Pesach, bringing bikkurim is mentioned for Shavuot, shofar blowing is mentioned for Rosh Hashana, and fasting is mentioned for Yom Kippur – even though all of these ideas were mentioned in Emor. So why the difference?
Why is it that when an etrog’s pitam breaks off, the etrog is pasul, whereas when the oketz falls off, it is still kosher?
When our rabbis entered Kerem B’Yavneh (the Vineyard in Yavneh), present were Rabbi Yehuda, Rabbi Yossi, Rabbi Nechemia, and Rabbi Elazar the son of Rabbi Yossi Hagelili. They all opened by honoring the hosts and expounded Torah ideas. Rabbi Yehuda, the one who always spoke first, started by discussing the honor of Torah and said …
The Rivash was asked to help decide the ruling regarding a chazan who refused to pay taxes because he said that the community had exempted him. [The details of the case and the answer are beyond our present scope, and we will focus on the end of the responsum, where he discusses the payment of expenses by the litigants, including sending an emissary to deliver the question to the Rivash and receive his written response.]
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