Shabbat Parashat Beshalach-Tu Bishvat | 5764
Beshalach | | 08/01/2004
One of the more popular songs heard at festive occasions these days is a new tune to the eternal words from our parasha: “Stand up and see the salvation of Hashem” (Shemot 14:3). Moshe Rabbeinu invited the nation to witness Hashem’s salvation at Yam Suf, which transpired in the form of, “Hashem will fight for you, and you shall be silent” (ibid.:14).
We saw last time that even in cases where one does not have to pay for indirect damages done (g’rama), one has to remove certain potential damaging factors. R. Yossi says that the “damager” has to distance the dangers only in cases of giri dilei, cases where the damage is more direct than other cases of g’rama.
“He [Avraham] planted an eshel in Be’er Sheva and called out there in the name of Hashem” (Bereishit 21:33). “Noach began (vayachel- a root which can refer to the mundane) as a man of the land, and he planted a vineyard” (ibid. 9:20). The Ba’al Haturim points out that the verb of planting arises also in Bereishit 2:8 in reference to the planting of a garden in Eden.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is
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).