Shabbat Parashat Bo| 5768
| 5 Shevat 5768 | 12/01/2008
Public stature is one measure of a person. One who amasses and maintains over time a following of devotees apparently has something to offer. Public recognition even has halachic significance in certain realms. It is apparently not possible to bestow kingship on one whom the nation does not accept. According to the Rambam and Rashbam, the rule that the law of the land is the law is predicated on public acceptance. Even a judge seems to need the public to accept him as a “known person in the tribe.”
Question: I saw the following story on the news. During renovations on a home that had been owned by several people over the years, a contractor found a package with $182,000 stashed between the walls. The contractor took the money, but the homeowner complained that since the money was found in his house, it should be his. What would the halacha be in such a case?
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated in loving memory of
R ' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
Hemdat Yamim is endowed by Les & Ethel Sutker of
Max and Mary Sutker
and Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l.
May their memory be a blessing.
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).