Shabbat Parashat Pinchas| 5764
Pinchas | | 08/01/2003
Many people are known as their father’s son or daughter. There may be no more classic case of a man who was his daughters’ father than Tzlufchad, whose daughters showed their love for Eretz Yisrael when asking to receive their father’s portion in the land. But who was he? All we are told is that he had no sons and died in the desert because of his own sin, not that of Korach (Bamidbar 27:3). There is a disagreement among the Tanaim (Shabbat 96b) if it is even permitted to reveal what his sin was.
Case: A couple signed an arbitration agreement, as part of their divorce settlement, to settle any questions that will arise in reference to child custody through a certain group of competent arbiters. After the arbiters decided not to transfer custody of the child to the father at a certain age, as had been foreseen in the original agreement, the father appealed to beit din to adjudicate instead of the arbiters, saying that the arbiters should not have jurisdiction.
If we want to encapsulate the fundamental philosophy of the Mizrachi movement, I think one can express it in a word- shleimut (completeness and unity): the shleimut of Judaism. This is a concept that, with the conditions that prevailed in the Diaspora, deteriorated and shrank.
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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).