Shabbat Parashat Chaye Sara| 5766
Chayei Sarah | | 1/1/2005
Chazal chose the first perek of Melachim as the haftara of Chayei Sarah. One reason that comes to mind is that they share the rare phrase, “zaken, ba bayamim (old, well on in days)” used to describe Avraham (Bereishit 24:1) and David (Melachim I,1:1) respectively. The beginning of the haftara raises many questions.
Case: A woman was civilly married and divorced many years ago in Russia. Only a few days ago she received a get. She now wants to get married to a man who demands that the kiddushin take place immediately, because he needs to return to America. Can the period of havchana (3 month wait between the end of one marriage and the beginning of another) be waived?
Geula (redemption) and the days of Mashiach constitute a topic, which early rabbis, including the Rambam and Ramban, dealt with. This is despite the fact that the Rambam states: “All of these things and their like, man will not know how they will be until they will be.” R. Yehuda Halevi in the Kuzari stresses over and over the value of Eretz Yisrael as a special land, the land of prophecy.
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).