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Shabbat Parashat Shoftim 5772
Shoftim | 7 Elul 5772 | 25/08/2012
Parashat Hashavuah: Choose Your Fear“[The king] shall read from [his personal sefer Torah] all the days of is life, so that he shall learn to fear Hashem” (Devarim 17:19). There is no amount of time after which we can say that we have learned enough Torah. It requires a concentration of all our time – all our life – no less. Study of how to fear Hashem is a course that requires a lifetime, not just for people on a low level, but even for people on the highest level. There are two types of fear, both of which appear in our parasha: one is desirable, the other is undesirable. The fear of Hashem that comes with study of Torah throughout life is obviously desirable. Later on we read about the man “who is fearful and has a soft heart,” who has to “go and return to his house” (ibid. 20:8), instead of taking part in the nation’s battle. Just as one has to toil to create the desirable fear, so must one toil to rid himself of the undesirable fear. Furthermore, the two fears are opposed and contradictory – when one possesses the proper fear, it destroys the improper one.
Ask the Rabbi: Travelling Before DaveningThere is no local minyan where I can daven and still get to work on time. Can I travel to the area of my job to daven there with a minyan, considering that the Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chayim 89:3) says that one is not allowed to travel before davening? Could it be that it is better to daven without a minyan before traveling?
Ein Ayah: Missing Something Because It Will ReturnRav said: The deceased is not forgotten from the heart until twelve months go by, as the pasuk says: “I was forgotten from the heart like a dead person; I was like a lost utensil” (Tehillim 31:13). (Rashi- the halacha is that we do not assume that one gives up hope to recover his lost object until twelve months go by).
P'ninat Mishpat: Access to a Sold but Illegal Storage AreaThe plaintiff (=pl) lives in an apartment building in which the defendant (=def) owns one floor of commercial establishments and an underground parking lot. Pl bought a large storage room from def, located among the parking places, which she uses for clothes that she sells out of her house. At the time of the sale, the parking lot was open to the public, and this enabled pl to have deliveries made to the storage room. Now, def has closed off the parking lot and has told pl that if she wants to have vehicles enter, she has to rent a parking space. Def argues that pl cannot have rights to allow unloading of deliveries because the area of her storage room is slated by the municipality for parking and not for commercial storage. Def acknowledges that when they sold the area to pl, the area already had walls and a door that made its presumed use that of a storage room, not a parking space.
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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).