Shabbat Parashat Balak | 5768
Balak | 9 Tammuz 5768 | 7/12/2008
The Rambam set one of the most important rules of our study of the era of Mashiach: we will not know how things will be until the era arrives. Nevertheless, he and others give their hypotheses about what will be.
Three years ago, I rented out an apartment in Beit Shemesh. I received a security deposit of $1,000 to ensure my rights. The contract designated all payments in US dollars but for the payer’s convenience, I accepted payment of the deposit in shekalim. The rental period is over. I want to return the $1,000 deposit but he wants to receive the amount of shekalim that he gave, which is now worth much more than $1,000 written in the contract. How much do I owe him?
We have proudly presented the writings of our teacher and mentor, Hagaon Harav Shaul Yisraeli z.t.l., from the inception of Hemdat Yamim. Over some eight years and 400 editions, our reading community has gotten a good look at some of the breadth and depth of his scholarship and worldview, according to our capabilities in this forum. As we have mentioned, Rav Yisraeli was a talmid of Harav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook, the legendary first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of [pre-state] Eretz Yisrael and visionary of the Dati Leumi (National Religious) community. We, therefore, would like to spend time spreading Rav Kook’s teachings in this forum.
Vol. 45 of Halacha Psuka is dedicated to looking back at the past year, both regarding joint action and decisions of the cooperative batei din (Mishpat V’Halacha B’Yisrael, the Gazit network, and Mishp’tei Eretz) and in summarizing some fundamental principles found in the piskei din that were presented.
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.
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).