Shabbat Parashat Bamidbar| 5767
Bamidbar | | 01/01/2006
I have occasionally referred to my students’ children as my honorary grandchildren. This claim is based on a gemara in Sanhedrin (19b), cited by Rashi on our parasha. The pasuk states: “And these are the offspring of (toldot)Aharon and Moshe on the day that Hashem spoke to Moshe on Mt. Sinai” (Bamidbar 3:1). The Torah proceeds to list only the sons of Aharon, not Moshe, prompting Chazal to explain that “whoever teaches his friend’s son Torah is described by the Torah as if he begot him.” A closer look at Chazal’s words may fine-tune our perspective.
Case: A husband brought his wife to court with a claim of sh’lom bayit (attempting reconciliation) after his wife left the house, claiming that he had acted violently toward her and was impotent. The wife spent significant money defending herself in court. She was able to prove, after his initial denial, that at the time that he was demanding reconciliation in court, he had approached a matchmaker about finding a new wife. The wife now demands financial compensation for her legal expenses.
We have taken a short break from the pain, worries, and disappointment we feel whenever we hear the news to recall the great joy and optimism we felt on the glorious 28th of Iyar when Yerushalayim was liberated. We are consumed with disappointment in those who failed to demonstrate strength and belief in Chazal’s comment: “‘Eternity’- this is Yerushalayim.” There is no victory [ed. note- which shares a root with the word for eternity] unless it is connected with eternity. We take this break only to reinvigorate ourselves in our struggle against those in Israel with little belief.
Question: Sometimes a minyan does what is called a heiche kedusha (=hk), where the chazzan says Shemoneh Esrei (= SE)aloud through Kedusha before anyone has said the silent SE, after which everyone davens quietly. When this is done, should the tzibbur start SE along with the chazzan or answer the beginning of SE and begin their own SE after Kedusha?
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).