Shabbat Parashat Vayeira| 5771
Vayeira | 15 Cheshvan 5771 | 10/23/2010
The connection between this week’s parasha and haftara is the stories of unexpected births to two barren woman, Sarah and the Shunamit, respectively. The story of the Shunamit, who hosted Elisha and was justly rewarded, is part of a section of biblical text that is sometimes called the Megilla of Eliyahu and Elisha. This is the section of Melachim (Kings) that deals with these two outstanding prophets, the master and the disciple, who performed great miracles.
What are the sources, if any, for the idea of a makom kavua (set place) for parents at a dinner table? Does this apply only when the parents are present? Does it also apply to guests?
Waiting is needed to align the nature of the heart according to the intellect. There are several differences between one who enabled his mind to have an effect on his heart’s nature and one who just used his mind to force himself to act in the proper way. The main one is in regard to regularity.
A couple signed a divorce settlement among whose provisions was an obligation of the husband (=def) to give 500 shekels a month [some two decades ago] toward support for his daughter. The wife complained this was not enough, but def said it was all he could afford. At the time of the kinyan sudar (act of confirming agreements), def said he was accepting upon himself to support his daughter until age 18.
This edition of
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).