Shabbat Parashat Shoftim | 5768
Shoftim | 6 Elul 5768 | 9/6/2008
As an institution that trains dayanim and runs a beit din¸ through both of which we are trying to have a positive impact on society, this week’s parasha’s opening theme is one that is very close to our hearts.
Why is there no beracha on the writing of a sefer Torah?
Abba Binyamin said: a person’s tefilla is accepted only in a beit knesset (synagogue), as it says: ‘To listen to the praise and the prayer.’ A place of praise is where prayer should be.
The Knesset Hagedola (Choshen Mishpat 333:17) says that even the Rosh, who says that a worker who is sick does not deserve payment, agrees that if a worker cannot come to work, not because he is sick but in order to avoid an epidemic, he does get paid. He posits that this is not considered to fall under the category of one who is unable to work because of illness.
Hemdat Yamim of this week
is dedicated in memory of
R ' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
Hemdat Yamim is endowed by Les & Ethel Sutker of Chicago, Illinois in loving memory of
Max and Mary Sutker and Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l.
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).