Shabbat Parashat Vayigash| 5767
Vayigash | | 1/1/2006
In several places, the Torah promises long life for those who follow His commandments. In our parasha (see Bereishit 46:17) we find one of the most outstanding long-livers, Serach, the daughter of Asher. According to the Targum Yonatan (to Bamidbar 26:46), not only was Serach mentioned in the count of Yaakov’s offspring who came down to Egypt, but she also played a unique role in the family saga.
Case: A school’s representatives signed a zichron devarim (a letter of intent, which, in Israel, has a very strong standing) to sell a dormitory. The zichron devarim allowed for the buyer to back out. The down payment for the sale was given in the form of a check to the buyer’s lawyer to be delivered upon the completion of the sale. In the meantime, the seller decided to back out of the sale. The regional court made a compromise ruling on the matter. Both sides appealed the compromise on different grounds. The following ruling is the majority ruling of the Supreme Rabbinical Court.
“Is study greater or is action greater?” This question of the relationship between the study of Torah and the performance of mitzvot was already asked in the study halls of the Tanna’im. It has a philosophical element to it but also a practical element. Certainly, the question is not to imply that one should belittle either study or action. However, putting the stress on one of these values, while seeing the other as a medium to attain the former or secondary in value, will cause the preference of one and the weakening of the other.
This edition of
Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of
R’ Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld o.b.m.
Hemdat Yamim is also dedicated by Les & Ethel Sutker of Chicago, Illinois
in loving memory of Max and Mary Sutker and Louis and Lillian Klein,z”l.
May their memory be a blessing!
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).