Shabbat Parashat Terumah| 5763
Terumah | | 1/13/2002
The menorah was chosen as a symbol of the State of Israel. Contemplating the story of the menorah’s creation can shed some new light on the appropriateness of that choice. Although, in general, Betzalel was in charge of the construction of the mishkan, several statements of Chazal assume that Moshe was commanded to sculpt the menorah himself.
One straightforward factor which invalidates a witness is family relationship. This is not as simple as it sounds, as I am aware of cases where mistakes have been made. At a wedding, time is a factor, and not always are all necessary questions asked. The mesader kiddushin may be delayed and may rely on the family not to make such a basic mistake. Other times, a planned witness doesn't come and needs to be replaced at the last minute.
We saw last time that according to significant sources, one need not subjugate himself or his family to poverty in order to live in Eretz Yisrael. We raised the possibility that as long as one can make a reasonable living, there may be an obligation to live in Eretz Yisrael, even if it requires outlays of money greater than required for other mitzvot, because of the centrality of the mitzva. However, it is possible that financial sacrifice for this positive mitzva should be the same as for other mitzvot, and so, we should determine the extent of one’s obligation to spend money on positive mitzvot, in general.
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).