Shabbat Parashat Shemini| 5766
Shemini | | 01/01/2005
In our parasha we reach the climax of the process that began with the commandment, “You shall make for Me a sanctuary, and I will dwell among them” (Shemot 25:8). The latter part of Sefer Shemot deal with the commandment to build the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and its utensils and its fulfillment. The first two parshiyot of Sefer Vayikra lay out the fundamentals of the sacrifices that are the basis of the service in the Mishkan. We are now up to the eighth day of the inauguration of the Mishkan, when Aharon embarked upon his calling to offer sacrifices.
We have been discussing our arbitration agreement, particularly paragraph 4, regarding choice of approach to the ruling, which we will now restate: “Possibility 1: Beit din will rule in the matter based on Torah law: according to the strict law or a compromise which is close to the law. If the sides agree, even orally, beit din will be permitted to render a ruling that is based on a full compromise. “Possibility 2: Beit din will rule in the matter according to its best judgment, [based on informal criteria] based on the evidence before it.”
We learn much about the essence of creation and its relationship with the Creator from the writings of the Rambam and R. Yehuda Halevi. The Rambam strongly rejects any attempt to understand why Hashem wanted to create the existence we know of, and simply said, “that is what Hashem wanted” or “that is what was decreed by His wisdom.” Yet he makes us aware of creation’s nature and internal content.
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).