Shabbat Parashat Beshalach | 5770
Beshalach | 15 Shevat 5770 | 1/30/2010
“Moshe took the bones of Yosef with him, because Yosef had emphatically made the Sons of Israel swear: ‘Hashem will certainly redeem you, and you shall take up my bones with you from here’” (Shemot 13:19). There are several questions one can ask about this pasuk. Why did Moshe, specifically, have to take Yosef’s remains? Why does it mention that he took specifically Yosef’s bones, as (assuming the other brothers were also buried in Egypt- Rashi), the brothers’ should have been taken as well? Why does it stress that he took the bones because Yosef made them swear, if a request should have been enough?
May I set up a dishwasher on a timer, so that I will load it on Friday night with the night’s dishes and it will go on overnight? Can I do the same thing in the afternoon so that by the time Shabbat is over, the afternoon’s dishes will have been done?
[When one is a mourner before the funeral of his relative, while others are praying, he, who is not allowed to pray, should say:] “Master of the worlds, I have sinned a lot before You, and You did not exact payment from me but one thousandth [of the punishment I deserve]. Shall it be your will that You will close the gaps in our fences and those of Your nation, the House of Israel, with mercy.” Abayei said: One should not say this, for Reish Lakish … said: “One should never open his mouth to the Satan.”
Just as testimony through a translator is invalid [discussed last week], so too one ostensibly cannot testify by simply writing his testimony and sending it to beit din. Rishonim were bothered by the question: why then is a shtar (document) valid as testimony, if it is actually just written testimony regarding that which is written in the shtar. There are several approaches among the Rishonim.
This week’s Hemdat Yamim is dedicated in loving memory of
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).