Shabbat Parashat R'ei | 5765
R'ei | | 1/2/2004
Hemdat Yamim of Tzav, we mentioned Dr. Adam Zartal’s findings of an altar on the southeastern slopes of Har Eival. That altar is apparently the one that Hashem commanded Bnei Yisrael to erect when they would pass over the Jordan (Devarim 27: 4-5). Indeed the erection such an altar was reported in Yehoshua (8: 30-31). This altar is also inseparably linked to the blessings and curses that were given on Har G’rizim and Har Eival, respectively, as mentioned in our parasha (Devarim 11: 29-30).
Case: A woman lent money to a man and received an “I owe you” note and a heter iska (a legal/halachic document that enables a lender to receive more money than he gave). The lender died, and her inheritor found the note and demanded payment. The defendant said that he had paid the debt and had neglected to demand the note in return. He also brought a witness who testified that the woman mentioned that he had paid.
The Rambam does not bring the mitzva to capture and/or inhabit Eretz Yisrael in his list of 613 mitzvot. The Ramban, as we saw, added on the mitzva to his list. We will now deal with the issue of the Rambam’s opinion on this mitzva, in light of the omission in Sefer Hamitzvot.
This edition of
Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of
Gital Gila bat Eliyahu Michael
R’ Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld o.b.m.,
Yitzchak Eliezer Ben Avraham Mordechai Jacobson o.b.m,
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).