Shabbat Parashat Bo| 5766
Bo | | 01/01/2005
We usually think of a korban (sacrifice) as an offering to Hashem. When it is an olah, only the altar gets a share. Parts of a chatat go to kohanim. Regarding shelamim, even the person who offered the korban gets a share. However, the focus is more on the offering and the altar’s “eating” than on the leftover portions that humans eat.
Case: The plaintiff (=pl) arrived at an agreement over terms to buy property with the owners’ (who were joint inheritors) authorized agent and paid him a down payment. The defendant (=def), one of the sisters, stalled in signing the contract, and in the meantime pl spent money on renovation plans. Finally, def cancelled the sale, with the claim that one of the inheritors decided to buy the property from the others. Pl wants to uphold the sale for which he made the down payment.
The obligation to “be killed and not violate” when a person has to choose between murdering the innocent and be murdered himself is explained by the gemara (Sanhedrin 74a) simply, as a matter of logic. In other words, this halacha does not even need to receive its basis in an explicit commandment in the Torah. The logic the gemara brings is: “what makes you think that your blood is redder, perhaps your friend’s blood is redder?” (see Rashi, ad loc.).
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).