Shabbat Parashat Metzora| 5766
Metzora | | 01/01/2005
Our parasha, while not read along with Tazria this year, still shares the topic of tzara’at (roughly, leprosy). We know of central figures, who received tzara’at for speaking lashon hara (negative speech- Moshe about Bnei Yisrael- see Rashi on Shemot 4:6; Miriam about Moshe- Bamidbar 12:10). We find other causes for this affliction. Geichazi received it because of his greediness (see Melachim II, 5: 26-27). Let’s concentrate this week on the case of King Uziyah.
We discussed (in Ask The Rabbi) that we may want to delay the effect of mechirat chametz to allow people to use their chametz until the last time possible. For example, a bakery could continue selling challot allday for people who eat them until Shabbat morning. Can someone who bought too much challah on Friday afternoon sell the leftovers with the rest of his chametz? (We are dealing here only with the issues within the realm of monetary law).
The beracha that a shaliach makes does not relate to his connection to the obligation to do the mitzva, for he does not have one. Nor does it relate to the m’shaleiach (the one who authorizes the shaliach), for the beracha is made even if the m’shaleiach does not hear it. Rather, the institution to make a beracha before doing a mitzva relates to the one who, in practice, performs an obligatory mitzva, not necessarily the one who is obligated in the mitzva.
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).