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Shabbat Parashat Beshalach 5772
Beshalach | 11 Shvat, 5772 | 04/02/2012
Parashat Hashavuah: “My Work is Drowning and You Will Sing?”At the sea, when Bnei Yisrael were saved and the Egyptian’s were drowning, the angels asked to sing a song of praise before Hashem. However, Hashem told them: “The work of my hands is drowning in the sea, and you will sing before Me?” (Sanhedrin 39b). While the angels were not to sing, Bnei Yisrael certainly did sing. Why should there be a difference? The usual answer is that Bnei Yisrael were involved as recipients of the miracle, and, therefore, it was appropriate for them to sing. However, this does not suffice to explain why Bnei Yisrael’s singing was so appropriate that the midrash says that “Hashem’s throne was not settled in the world until Bnei Yisrael sang.” How could such a song be so important for the world yet inappropriate for the angels?
Ask the Rabbi: A Mistake in a KetubaA friend of mine, who was recently married, noticed that in their ketuba, one of the times that it says the kalla’s name, it is written as “Sarah ben (son of) Avraham,” instead of bat (daughter of) Avraham. Is the ketuba kosher, which, I understand, determines whether they can live together?
Ein Ayah: Spiritual Man Overcoming Physical Man[Og, the King of Bashan, lifted up a huge mountain to thrust on Bnei Yisrael, but through a miracle, it became stuck over his head.] Moshe was ten cubits tall, he took a spear that was ten cubits long, jumped ten cubits, struck Og in the ankle, and thereby killed him.
P'ninat Mishpat: Damages by a Dry CleanerThe plaintiff (=pl) brought drapes to a dry cleaners (=def) for cleaning, and they came back with holes in the oilcloth that is supposed to keep out light. Def explained that since the drapes are ten years old, the oilcloth stuck together during the washing and holes developed upon separating it, despite their responsible precautions. Pl claims 2000 shekels for the now unusable drapes. Def responds that ten-year-old drapes do not have a real value, certainly not to that degree.
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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).