Shabbat Parashat Bo| 5767
Bo | | 01/01/2006
Hashem commanded Bnei Yisrael to remember the day they left Egypt (Shemot 13:3). The midrash (Shemot Rabba 19:7), notes the similarity to the commandment to remember the day of Shabbat. It says that Hashem was telling them to commemorate the miracles of the Exodus as they were obligated to remember the creation of the world, which is at the heart of Shabbat.
Case: A non-Jewish child, under the age of thirteen, underwent a geirut (conversion) process which is appropriate for a child but not an adult. Specifically, he did not declare his acceptance of (kabalat) mitzvot before a beit din. Was the geirut valid?
King David prayed: “May I dwell in your tent forever (olamim)” (Tehillim 61:5). He wanted to live in a godly place in the two worlds [based on a Hebrew play on words]. The gemara (Yevamot 96b) asks: “How can one live in both worlds?” It answers that it can be accomplished if, after death, people quote Torah which they heard from him. In that way, he continues to live in this world. Even 54 years after Rav Kook’s death, when we see so many who identify with his approach to Torah and life, we see fulfillment in him of David’s prayer.
Question: I am a young rabbi; I have begun looking for rabbinical positions. I have tried to work on anava (humility), but now people advise me to write an impressive resume and stress my talents to potential employers. Should I be leading this double life, or is there some fallacy here?
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory 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).