Shabbat Parashat Lech Lecha| 5767
Lech Lecha | | 2/16/2007
The Torah (Bereishit 12:5) tells us that Avram (= Avraham) was 75 years old when he left Charan on the way to Eretz Yisrael. Yet, the reference to Bnei Yisrael leaving Egypt after 430 years implies that the covenant of brit bein habetarim, whose language indicates that its setting was Eretz Yisrael, was when he was only 70 (see Shemot 12:41 with the Ramban).
We had a chatan (groom) in shul the week after his wedding, and thus we omitted Tachanun and Av Harachamim, respectively. Someone suggested this was incorrect because the bride and groom had both been previously married. Who is right?
“For the lips of a kohen will preserve wisdom, and Torah they will seek from his mouth, for an angel of Hashem is he” (Malachi 2:7). Wisdom is the main talent that man was granted and that is why this is the first request we make during Shemoneh Esrei. Wisdom enables one to make distinctions (Yerushalmi, Berachot 5:2).
The plaintiff is a real estate agent who sold property to a certain man. The buyer, after acquiring the property, formed a corporation, whose assets included the said property, and subsequently died. The plaintiff claims that the buyer did not get to pay him for his services prior to his death and demands payment from the corporation, whose primary shareholders are the buyer’s inheritors, his wife and children. The defendants say that they think it is possible the buyer paid the fee and do not want to pay again out of doubt.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the 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).