Shabbat Parashat Acharei Mot| 5763
Acharei Mot | | 1/13/2002
Our second parasha opens with the instruction to be holy (“kedoshim t’hiyu”), for Hashem is holy (Vayikra 19:2). The disagreement between Rashi, who explains that this refers to refraining from sin, and the Ramban, who understands that it refers to avoiding overindulgence in permitted activities, is well known. Let us, though, examine some possible ramifications of the Ramban’s approach.
As we mentioned in the past, even without a written ketuba, Chazal (and in certain cases, the Torah) set standards for monetary arrangements between husband and wife. The two can agree to alternative arrangements in most matters (Even Haezer 69:6), but the halachot are binding when such an agreement was not done in a halachically valid manner.
The kedusha shniya (second sanctification) took place during the period when Ezra led a return to Eretz Yisrael from Bavel. They took control of large portions of the Land but left out certain sections (Chagiga 3b). The sanctification wasn’t accomplished by conquest, as the Persians maintained control, nor did the Jews divide the Land by tribes, as not all tribes were present.
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).