Shabbat Parashat Ki Tetzei| 5763
Ki Teitzei | | 1/13/2002
The Torah warns us that, upon going out to war, we must “guard ourselves from all bad things” (Devarim 23: 10). The Torah then gives examples, including waste disposal and matters of purity, which seem overly detailed and technical, considering the pressures soldiers undoubtedly undergo. Isn’t it enough that their general moral value system doesn’t collapse?
We have mentioned in the past that when an item is mispriced by more than a sixth of its value that the sale may be canceled. Certainly the side which was taken advantage of may back out of the sale. What happens if the side that took advantage wants to back out?
In Brit Bein Hab’tarim, only two demarcations of the land given to Avraham are mentioned: the Euphrates River and Nehar Mitzrayim (the River of Egypt). What is Nehar Mitzrayim? We should note that, in the borders of Parashat Masei, the southern border is more detailed and mentions Nachal Mitzrayim as its southwestern point.
We felt it was time to take a break from doing what we’ve been doing and explain what we’ve been doing. We at Eretz Hemdah, as part of the OU, Ask the Rabbi service, receive questions and answer them. Thus, one could say that this corner is for modern responsa literature. However, this is misleading, as we hope to explain.
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).