Shabbat Parashat Balak| 5770
Balak | 14 Tamuz 5770 | 6/26/2010
“Hashem’s actions are complete” – just as he gave prophets to Israel, he gave to the nations (non-Jews). The former warned the nation not to sin, and the nations’ prophet encouraged people to sin in order to destroy them from the world. Jewish prophets, such as Yirmiyah and Yechezkel, had mercy for Jews and gentile nations, but Bilam was so cruel as to want to uproot a nation for no reason (Bamidbar Rabba 20:1).
Often on Shabbat-long programs for non-shomer Shabbat students, the resort does not have timers for the lights, and participants who turned on lights before Shabbat will certainly shut them before going to sleep. Participants are exposed to the concept of keeping Shabbat, and some decided to try to keep Shabbat while they are with us. Many of them believe that if they switch the lights off once, there is no point in keeping the rest of Shabbat. Are there are sources to allow us to either ask or hint to a non-Jew to turn off their bedroom lights to allow these Jewish kids a better chance at observing Shabbat?
The following was the practice of Rabbi Akiva: when he would pray with the congregation, he would finish up relatively quickly because of the inconvenience of the congregation, and when he would pray by himself, one would leave him in one corner and find him in another corner. Why did he move that much? Due to bowing and prostrating.
In a previous court case, a wife demanded spousal support, and the husband responded that after transferring his portion of their joint apartment, she expelled him from the home and hit him. He wants reconciliation, if she is willing to treat him civilly, which is what beit din ruled should be attempted, but she refused over a long period of time. The husband now demands back his part in the apartment.
This week in the Daf Hayomi we continue learning the third chapter of Makot, which deals with the punishment of lashes. The Torah states: "and if the wicked man shall be found deserving of being beaten, the judge shall make him lie down and he shall be beaten before him, in accordance with his wickedness, by a certain number. Forty lashes he shall hit him and not exceed…"
In memory of
The Rishon Letzion
Rav Mordechai Eliyahu ztvk”l
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).