Shabbat Parashat Re'eh| 5766
R'ei | | 01/01/2005
As Bnei Yisrael prepared to enter Eretz Yisrael, they were commanded: “Destroy all of the places that the nations worshipped their gods … You shall smash their altars and break their monuments, and the idols of their gods you shall destroy and erase their name from that place. Do not do so to Hashem, your G-d” (Devarim 11:31,12: 2-4). What is the meaning of this last command not to do so to Hashem, and why would one think to do so?
We have been discussing how batei din (rabbinical courts) can operate without authentic semicha (ordination). After all, such semicha requires an unbroken chain from Moshe Rabbeinu, and this chain was broken some 1600 years ago. We now would like to ask: is it possible in our days to renew the institution of authentic semicha?
The feeling of belief in the principles of our faith must be worked on carefully in its early stages so that it will be well rooted in the cognitive part of a person’s mind. In addition, this feeling must be checked so that it should not be a case of a “fool will believe anything.” It is important that there be a guarantee that the natural inclination toward belief is substantiated in a serious manner.
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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).