Shabbat Parashat Chukat| 5770
Chukat | 7 Tamuz 5770 | 6/19/2010
The connection between the parasha and the haftara, which discusses the exploits of Yiftach against the Ammonites, is clear. The Ammonites grievance against Bnei Yisrael was that they were occupying the land of the Ammonites, who had rights to their land upon which Bnei Yisrael were not allowed to infringe (Devarim 2:19).
I often have to speed up my Shemoneh Esrei in order to be finished in time for Birkat Kohanim (duchening). Someone told me that I could actually go up even if I am still in the midst of Shemoneh Esrei. Is this true? In general, I am interested in suggestions of how to deal with the situation.
Mar the son of Ravina made a wedding for his son. He saw that the rabbis were overly happy. He brought a goblet of mokra (an expensive glass) that was worth 400 zuz and shattered it in front of them, and they were saddened. [The same story repeated itself with Rav Ashi’s son’s wedding, and he broke a goblet of zugita chivarta (another type of glass).]
A husband is suing his wife for divorce, after being separated for years and immediately living with another woman. He claims that his wife has psychological problems that make her incompatible to live with. He demands that she be sent for psychological observation with the hope of proving the veracity of this claim. The wife objects to being subjected to the observation.
This week in the Daf Hayomi the main issue discussed is one who kills accidently. The punishment for a murderer is the death penalty. However, the punishment for a person who kills accidently is that he has to move to an Ir Miklat (city of refuge; a city designated for people who kill accidentally).
We are all Mourning the
passing of Gadol BeYisrael
The Rishon Letzion
Rav Mordechai Eliyahu ztvk”l
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).