Shabbat Parashat Eikev| 5767
Eikev | | 1/1/2006
Our parasha describes the physical blessings of Eretz Yisrael (Devarim 8: 1-9). Subsequently, the Torah warns not to forget that the bounty comes from Hashem and that one should not say in his heart: “My strength and the power of my hand made for me all of this chayil” (ibid.: 17).
Case: The plaintiff rented an apartment to the defendant for a period of a year. After three months, the defendant decided that he did not have the resources to pay and left the apartment. The apartment remained unoccupied for two months. The rental contract says that the renter may not leave unless he finds an alternative renter. The defendant found two potential renters but neither of them was acceptable to the landlord. One was not willing to give postdated checks in advance. The other one is a secular Jew who lives with a girlfriend. Since the plaintiff lives nearby, he claimed to be concerned about the negative educational impact this would have on his young children. The defendant counters that he also did not give postdated checks in advance yet was acceptable to the landlord and that the second potential renter observes Shabbat and said that he would not be having his girlfriend living in the apartment.
When one uproots a sapling from a nursery when its roots are surrounded by enough dirt to allow it to live, we consider the tree to be still connected to the ground so that we do not have to count the three years of orlah from the beginning when it is replanted. However, what happens when it is transported in a truck with a metal bottom, which breaks between the earth around the roots and and the ground?
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of
R' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld o.b.m.
Hemdat Yamim is also dedicated by Les & Ethel Sutker of Chicago, Illinois in loving memory 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).