Shabbat Parashat Metzora| 5764
Metzora | | 1/8/2003
Chazal instituted to read, as the haftara of Shabbat Hagadol, the prophecy of Malachi, which contains the following famous pasuk. “Behold, I am sending to you Eliya[hu] the prophet before the coming of the great and fearful day of Hashem” (Malachi 3:23). There is no need to explain the connection between the upcoming redemption and Pesach. However, another connection between the haftara and Pesach can be found in the siddur of Rav Yaakov Emden (pg. 226a).
During the seven days of Pesach, chametz is not only forbidden to eat but is also forbidden to receive benefit from (asur b’hana’ah) and, consequently, leaves the possession of its previous owner. This creates a paradoxical situation. It is forbidden to have chametz in one’s house, but it is permitted to have chametz which is not his own in his house. (The exact parameters of that halacha are complicated and beyond our scope).
“You Shall Surely Know” – (condensed from Drasha of Shabbat Hagadol, 5705, 1945) When Avraham Avinu first asked, “How will I know?” Hashem answered, “You shall surely know”- in the merit of the korbanot (sacrifices) (Rashi on Bereishit 15:6). Avraham’s question, which brought about the enslavement in Egypt, raises serious questions of our own. Why is it that when Avraham was told of the miracle of his bearing children he needed no proofs, but by the more natural idea that those children would inherit a land, his question seems to indicate a lack of faith?
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).