Shabbat Parashat Vayeshev| 5764
Vayeishev | | 1/8/2003
Yosef, in his role as dream analyst, hears parallel dreams and gives parallel but drastically different solutions for them. He tells both the sar hamashkim (royal butler) and the sar ha’ofim (royal baker) that in three days, Paroh will lift their heads (“yisa Paroh et roshecha”). First he tells the sar hamashkim the good news that this will be accompanied by a return to his elevated station.
We have seen that halacha entitles a widow to receive mezonot (support) and payment of her ketuba. An interesting set of related, modern questions (with, apparently, little literature) is whether these obligations have full force when the widow has been provided with other forms of support, such as life insurance or inheritance of part or all of her husband’s estate.
A survey of the general history of humanity and the Jewish people, specifically, brings one to the conclusion that the invisible Divine Hand guides history on the basis of reward and punishment, in accordance with the laws of Jewish morality. Every nation which enters the stage of history seems to be directed by a desire to survive and dominate. It is true that over isolated periods of time it may be impossible to discern the workings of a Divine system to foil the plots of the wicked and to pay them back for their crimes.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is
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).