Shabbat Parashat B'Haalotcha| 5770
Beha'alotcha | 16 Sivan 5770 | 5/29/2010
The menorah (candelabrum), whose brief description opens our parasha, is a sign of a major principle in our religious philosophy. We believe that there is not an absolute break between the existence of kodesh (sacred) and chol (mundane). If something had no element of kedusha in it, it would not be able to exist. The Jewish People are not supposed to ignore daily needs. In fact, a nazir is considered a sinner because he deprived himself of the pleasure of wine. Such a step is proper only when the correct balance has been lost.
Ask the Rabbi: Is one allowed on Shabbat to put a utensil (kli) in a place where it will catch something that is muktzeh?Is one allowed on Shabbat to put a utensil (kli) in a place where it will catch something that is muktzeh? Examples that come to mind are putting a plate under a candle to catch falling wax or catching or gathering dirty water that dripped or seeped into a room on Shabbat. What can be done with these things once they have found their way into/onto the kli?
Do not get angry, and you will not sin; do not get drunk, and you will not sin; and when you go out on the path, confer with your Creator and then depart. What is that? Tefillat haderech (the traveler’s prayer).
A couple married (second marriage for both, the husband being 25 years older), with an assurance that the woman was normal and religious. Within a month and a half, the husband filed for divorce, claiming she was acting strange and was consistently violating Shabbat. The woman was then institutionalized and when she was let out, he took her back home and dropped the proceedings. However, her illness returned. The husband found evidence that she was given mental illness drugs before they were married and wants to annul the marriage either because she was a lunatic, for whom there is no kiddushin, or because he made a condition that she did not have serious blemishes, or at least that he should not have to pay the large ketuba that he obligated himself since he was tricked.
This week in the Daf Hayomi, we continue learning Perek Chelek of Sanhedrin, which is composed mostly of Aggada, rather than Halacha. The Mishna at the beginning of the Perek mentions that Bilam does not have a place in Olam Haba (the world to come). In this context, the Gemara deals with Bilam and his attempt to curse Am Yisrael. The Gemara (105b) explains that Bilam's power to curse came from the fact that there is one moment during the day where Hashem is angry, and Bilam knew how to time his curse with that moment. However, during those days when Balak employed Bilam's services, Hashem refrained from becoming angry, and therefore Bilam was not able to curse.
This week’s Hemdat Yamim is dedicated in loving memory of
R' Meir ben
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).