Shabbat Parashat Beaalotchai| 5766
Beha'alotcha | | 01/01/2005
Our parasha (Bamidbar 10: 9-10) discusses times we blow trumpets. One is to call out to Hashem to save us from our enemies. Another is to blow while bringing korbanot (sacrifices) on the following days: days of happiness (“yom simchatchem”), holidays, and new months. What are the days of happiness (simcha)?
Over the last two months, we have explained the halachic and legal principles upon which we composed our arbitration agreement. The purpose of the agreement is two-fold. One is to give the choice of the beit din as an arbiter a legally binding status. In that way, the beit din’s rulings will be able to be enforced based on the laws of the State of Israel, through the institutions that deal with that enforcement.
“In the image of Hashem did He create man” (Bereishit 9:6). Man has something of the glory of his Master. How does this find expression? There are three answers that are given to this in Jewish tradition: the philosophical (R. Saadia Gaon), the moral (R. Moshe Chayim Luzzato= Ramchal), and the kabbalistic (R. Chayim of Volozhin).
Question: It is important for my small children that we make “early Shabbos” (daven Ma’ariv an hour or so before sunset). I feel funny doing so, because it compromises the correct time of davening, which I am careful about. What should I do? Is it better to accept Shabbat early, make Kiddush, eat, and catch Ma’ariv with the late minyan?
This edition 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).