Shabbat Parashat Bereshit | 5765
Bereishit | | 1/1/2005
Parashat Noach describes how Hashem flooded the world because of widespread decadence. The main sin was chamas (roughly, thievery).Our parasha, however, tells a different, troublesome account of Hashem’s decree to destroy the world. “Bnei Haelohim (according to most, sons of the leaders) saw the daughters of adam (according to most, lower social strata) that they were good, and they took for themselves women as they chose” (Bereishit 6:2).
Case: A couple married, bought an apartment, and had children in Israel, but then moved to the US. Some time later, the wife left the husband and returned to Israel with the children. She sued the husband for support for her and the children. At first, the husband’s brother represented him in court, but now the husband wants the case to be heard in the US, so that he can represent himself.
The geirut process contains three parts: kabalat (acceptance of) mitzvot; milah (circumcision) for men; tevilla (immersion in a mikveh). Although the gemara (Yevamot 47b) derives the need for a beit din of three from the reference to mishpat in the context of geirut, Tosafot (ibid. 45b) says that it is fully necessary only at kabalat mitzvot. This is very strange, as the kabalat mitzvot is but the first stage of the process, after which the candidate is not yet Jewish at all and can still back out without consequence.
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).