Shabbat Parashat Naso| 5767
Naso | | 1/1/2006
Let us connect the giving of the Torah we are celebrating with the kri’at hatorah that we Israelis will read on the Shabbat immediately following Shavuot, Parashat Naso. We noted, in Hemdat Yamim for Yitro, that the kohanim did not play a major role at the giving of the Torah. Hashem revealed Himself directly (from a distance) to the people, and leaders from various tribes brought sacrifices (see Shemot 24:5 with commentaries).
Case: A husband brought his wife to court with a claim of sh’lom bayit (attempting reconciliation) after his wife left the house, claiming that he had acted violently toward her and was impotent. The wife spent significant money defending herself in court. She was able to prove, after his initial denial, that at the time that he was demanding reconciliation in court, he had approached a matchmaker about finding a new wife. The wife now demands financial compensation for her legal expenses.
The last halachic mishna of Shas discusses a machloket between Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel. The last mishna contains two philosophical ideas. One is that “Hashem will bequest to every tzaddik and tzaddik 310 worlds.” The other is: “Hashem did not find any other utensil to hold blessing for Israel but peace.” What is the connection between the two statements, and why is there double language, “every tzaddik and tzaddik”?
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).