Shabbat Parashat Kedoshim| 5764
| | 08/01/2003
Our parasha contains a phrase, made up of simple words, that is hard to even translate: “Do not eat on (“al”) the blood” (Vayikra 19:26). Rashi mentions some of the extrapolations from the pasuk that are found in Sanhedrin 63a. One is not to eat from the meat of korbanot (sacrifices) before their blood is thrown at the altar. Another is not to eat the blood of any animal before it fully dies.
A man made certain promises to give objects to charity and died before carrying out these promises. His inheritors now do not want to honor the promises, saying that they were accepted by their father, not by them, and, as the present owners of the objects, they should not be bound by his promises. There is a concept in regard to donations to hekdesh (holy property of the Beit Hamikdash) that one’s word given to hekdesh is equivalent to handing over to a regular person.
What was missing in Yehoshua’s efforts? Yehoshua was commanded in the beginning of his leadership, “The sefer Torah shall not move from your mouth and you shall deal with it day and night” (Yehoshua 1:8). While Yehoshua was busy on the practical elements of the conquest of Yericho, he neglected the fundamental condition for the achievements to survive, involvement in Torah study.
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).