Shabbat Parashat Terumah| 5765
Terumah | | 1/2/2004
The Mishkan’s dimensions are found in this week’s parasha. Each keresh (plank of the Mishkan’s walls) was 10 amot long, 1.5 amot wide and 1 amah thick. (An amah is approximately a foot and a half.) The southern and northern walls consisted of 20 k’rashim, while the western side had eight.
Case: A hekdesh (charitable fund) was established close to a century ago, where the property of the deceased donator was to be rented out on a permanent basis, with the proceeds being split up among 27 institutions and two prominent rabbis. It was stipulated that should any of the institutions cease to exist, its share in the fund should be equally divided among the other institutions. The rabbis have died long ago. The only inheritor (who died since) of one of them earmarked the money for an institution (=XX) that operates in the name of the deceased rabbi. The buildings of the hekdesh have been condemned for destruction, and there is a question what will be done with money to be made from the sale of the land. XX demands that the money be split among the recipients on a one-time basis, thus ending the hekdesh.
Philosophers, writers, and thinkers have pondered the source of the hatred of the nations of the world toward the Jewish people. Some attribute it to the peculiarity that characterizes the Jewish communities in the midst of foreign nations. Some blame it on financial considerations, on the competition with local inhabitants over jobs and resources. Some want to point to a lack of communication with the countries which hosted the Jews and to the nomadic character of our nation.
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).