Shabbat Parashat Shoftim| 5767
Shoftim | | 01/01/2006
The inspiring end of the tefilla for the welfare of IDF soldiers is taken from our parasha. In explaining why Israel’s troops should not fear the perils of war, the kohen declares: “For Hashem, your G-d, goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to save you” (Devarim 20:4). There is much to learn from the participants in the “pre-battle rally.”
Case: The plaintiff (=pl) bought meat from Argentina to market in Israel with periodically renewed contracts. After a contract period, the producer decided to use the defendant’s (def)marketing company. Pl says that this is what we call hasagat g’vul. Def responds that it is simply free-market competition, that the Argentinean company contacted them, and that, in fact, they had done the marketing before pl took away this client from them.
Our parasha deals with the laws of various leaders of Israel and their roles, namely the judge, prophet, king, and kohen. Each in his own way helps mold Am Yisrael’s character in its state as the nation of Hashem, which walks in the light of the Torah. The mitzva to appoint judges, while not related directly to Eretz Yisrael, takes on all its halachot, including appointing judges in every city, only there.
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).