Shabbat Parashat Naso| 5770
Naso | 9 Sivan 5770 | 22/05/2010
The last pasuk of the haftara, about Shimshon, says that “the spirit of Hashem began l’fa’amo in the camp of Dan between Tzora and Eshta’ol.” Let us start by explaining the word l’fa’amo. Rashi says that it means from time to time. In other words, the Divine Spirit came to him sporadically, which is a normal thing for prophecy (introduction to Moreh Nevuchim).
When and from where did the practice for a man to cover his head originate, and in what circumstances is it required? Does it make a difference what one is doing and where he is?
Rabbi Chiya bar Abba said: It is a mitzva to pray with just a bit of sunlight [i.e., Shacharit soon after sunrise and Mincha soon before sunset]. What pasuk [indicates this idea]? “They will fear You with the sun and before the moon for generations” (Tehillim 72:5). In Eretz Yisrael, they scolded harshly those who prayed [Mincha] with just a bit of sunlight. What is the reason? Because the time might be lost [i.e., they might be delayed at the last minute and miss the allotted time.]
A woman told a beit din that she got married to her first husband in the Caucus region with a civil marriage, after which an old Jew did a chupa for them. The marriage ended without a get. In a later court appearance she claimed that while the “chupa” was done for religious reasons, the old man was not a rabbi, there were no witnesses, no ring, and no ketuba, just a party with some of her husband’s friends, people who worked on Shabbat, and the ceremony just consisted of the old man mumbling some words.
This week in the Daf Hayomi, we continue learning Chapter Chelek of Sanhedrin, which is composed mostly of Aggada, rather than Halacha. One of the issues the Gemara deals with is the relation between Olam Haba (the world to come) and Yemot Hamashiach (the Messianic times). The Gemara (99a) states that there is a dispute amongst the Sages regarding this.
This week’s Hemdat Yamim is dedicated in loving memory of
R' Meir ben
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).