Shabbat Parashat Vayeitzei | 5768
Vayeitzei | 7 Kislev 5768 | 12/11/2007
The famous joke, which baruch Hashem, is less true than it once was, goes like this: “What is the best way to be a millionaire in Israel? To come with $10 million.” Let’s develop that idea after a little Torah learning.
Case: Before dying, a sick man left the following will: “… I hereby command and transfer all of my property including money in bank accounts and future rights … I give from today and one moment before my death to Yeshiva X.” The natural inheritors questioned the will’s validity.
[Eretz Hemdah is a book that explains many “laws of the Land of Israel,” both in terms of its sanctity and its connection to the nation and in terms of instructions to farmers to follow the land-based mitzvot properly. In the following segments from the introduction, we see glimpses of Rav Yisraeli’s attitude of admiration toward farmers in Eretz Yisrael who follow the laws of the Land. For many of those farmers, Rav Yisraeli was either their rabbi in the agricultural moshav, Kfar Haroeh, or a national mentor through his many endeavors in the field of halachic agriculture.]