Shabbat Parashat Behar-Behukotay| 5767
Behar | | 1/1/2006
Our second parasha begins with a section of promises of abundance “if you will go by My statutes” (Vayikra 26:3). Rain will come, followed by much produce to gather. Furthermore, the Land will be at peace, and wild animals will no longer be a problem (ibid.:4-6). This idea is very reminiscent of the second parasha of Kri’at Shema. “It will be if you listen to My commandments … I will give the rain of your Land … and you will gather your grains ... and you will be satiated” (Devarim 11: 13-15).
Case: The litigants were partners who had a disagreement about outstanding debts after the dissolution of their partnership. Regarding the actual claim, the defendant had to pay part of the claim in lieu of an oath. The plaintiff wants the defendant to pay legal expenses, claiming that the defendant’s unwillingness to pay caused them, including lawyers fees and court charges.
It has been 25 years since we merited having the walls that prevented us from approaching our holy sites in Yerushalayim breached. Those years have seen building and expansion in the city and an influx of olim from all over the world to it and the rest of Israel. We said at that time: “We were happy when they told us, ‘We will go to the House of Hashem’” (based on Tehillim 122:1). Indeed, we thought the nations of the world might finally see that we are the chosen nation and this is the Holy Land and that the nation and the Land have been properly reunited.
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).