Shabbat Parashat Acharei Mot| 5766
Acharei Mot | | 1/1/2005
One of our parasha’scentral themes, which is very connected to Erev Pesach, is laws related to blood (see Vayikra 17). One may not pour the blood of sacrifices outside the Mikdash (Sanctuary). He may not consume an animal’s blood and must cover the blood of many species after slaughter. On Erev Pesach, our forefathers in Egypt and later in the Mikdash dealt with the blood of the Korban Pesach (Pascal lamb).
We saw last week the advantage of delaying mechirat chametz’s taking effect in order to allow the seller more time to decide what to include in the sale and what not, in a year like this when Erev Pesach is on Shabbat. From the perspective of the laws of transactions (kinyanim), this causes some complexity, which we will now address.
Pesach begins this year with a special version of the Kiddush, which includes, along with the stress of the sanctity of the day, that which distinguishes it from the preceding day of Shabbat. “Between the sanctity of Shabbat and the sanctity of Yom Tov You distinguished,and the seventh day fromthesix days of activity You sanctified.” But then, we continue to stress, “You distinguished and sanctified Your nation, Israel, in Your sanctity.”
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).