Shabbat Parashat Acharei Mot| 5771
Acharei Mot | 12 Nissan 5771 | 4/16/2011
A common theme between our parasha and the upcoming holiday of Pesach is the significance of blood. The reason given for not drinking blood is that it contains the life of all flesh and that blood of certain animals is singled out to put on the altar for atonement (Vayikra 17:11). Within the Haggada, the blood mentioned is not of a ritual nature, but is part of the Egyptians’ punishment. A further mention of blood that is a later addition to most Haggadot is part of a quote from Yechezkel (16:7), brought as a source expounding on “varav” (apparently referring to Bnei Yisrael’s population growth).
I know that we are supposed to eat less than a k’zayit of karpas, but I am not clear why. What happens if someone does have a k’zayit?
Rav said: The young men of Israel who did not taste sin will, in the future time [of the ideal world], give off a smell like [the fertile region of] Lebanon. This is hinted in the pasuk [dealing with that time and using the metaphor of vegetation for Israel’s success]: “Its shoots will go, and its grandeur will be like the olive tree, and it will have a have a fragrance like Lebanon” (Hoshea 14:7).
The plaintiff (=pl) possesses checks worth a few hundred thousand dollars signed by a man who is now deceased, dated for certain dates after his death, with amounts that were filled in with a different handwriting. Pl explains that he had lent a large sum of money to the deceased and the checks were left open to adjust for interest. Pl demands that the deceased’s minor son (=def), who inherited his property, sell the property in order to pay.
Nachum Eliezer Ra'anan
ben Chayim HaCohen
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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).