Shabbat Parashat Shelach| 5765
Shelach | | 02/01/2004
Sometimes a person gets what turns out to be a “booby prize.” Calev, the hero of our parasha, seems to be a case in point. Calev went with the meraglim (spies) through southern Israel but went alone to Chevron (Hebron). There, he prayed by our forefathers’ graves that he should not be involved in his counterparts’ plot (Sota 34b). Because of his righteousness, he received a special portion of land, Chevron (Devarim 1:36; Shoftim 1:20).
Case: In a divorce settlement, the husband agreed to pay a certain amount of child support for the couple’s two children until they turn 18. He is now remarried and has two new children. As payments from the divorce settlement are half of his present salary, he stopped making those payments in full, and his ex-wife sued him to fulfill his contractual obligation. His present wife also sued him to make him pay properly for his obligations toward her and their children. He is incapable of doing both and requested to have the amount of child support to his older children reduced, as his ex-wife is financially able to contribute more toward their needs than she does.
The Torah describes the prohibition of kilayim with the root “zaroa” (sowing). It would appear that there is no Torah prohibition to possess a field that contains kilayim that one did not sow or plant. This indeed is the opinion of Rabbanan. However, R. Akiva argues that one who is m’kayeim (we will translate, in the meantime, as preserve) kilayim in his field is fully culpable, to the extent that he is potentially subject to malkot (lashings) (Moed Katan 2b).
Question: Our son’s pidyon haben (redemption of the firstborn) falls on Shabbat, and so we push it off until after Shabbat. Must we do it on Motzaei Shabbat, which is late this time of year, or may we do it the next day (before nightfall) when it is easier for our guests and us?
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).