Shabbat Parashat Miketz| 5766
Miketz | | 01/01/2005
The convergence of Chanuka and the week’s Torah reading presents fertile ground for homileticcultivation. A shared theme between our parasha andChanuka is the belief in the hidden Hand of Hashem in the world, which blurs the lines between that which we call miraculous and that which we call natural. As believing Jews, we are expected to believe that everything is in Hashem’s Hands. As halachic Jews, we are commanded to act with the natural course of life as a given to ensure our physical security, even when caution prevents us from maximizing our quest for a more complete, spiritual life.
Case: A 15 year-old girl was pressured at a family gathering to accept a ring as kiddushin from a man and be halachically betrothed. She is not willing to marry him as she feels that the marriage is not a good one, and the man wants to marry her and refuses to consider giving a get. The act of kiddushin was done only in front of family members.
A certain rabbi raised the question of what one should do if he finds out on Shabbat that an eiruv is down. By announcing the news, he can save some from a rabbinic prohibition of carrying without an eiruv. On the other hand, this would likely cause some, who will continue carrying anyway under the difficult circumstances, to carry intentionally, as opposed to unknowingly.
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).