Shabbat Parashat Lech Lecha| 5764
Lech Lecha | | 02/01/2004
We have no choice but to be impressed by the bravery of Avram, who took on and defeated the forces of the four most powerful kings of his time. He merited miraculous Divine Assistance and was blessed by Malkitzedek. But in the eyes of Chazal, Avram’s activities in this battle receive mixed reviews.
We have seen that in order for one who finds a metzia (lost item) to keep it, something must happen to remove the ownership of the original owner. Usually, that thing is the owner’s yeiush, giving up hope that he will receive the object back. We have seen that if the finder picks up a lost object before yeiush, he is required to return it even if there is yeiush later on. The major question that the gemara discusses is whether it is necessary that the owner have yeiush in practice or if it is sufficient that the situation which brings on yeiush exists at the critical moment.
The main halachic issue regarding the halachic status of the Golan is the general status of Eiver Hayarden (the east bank of the Jordan river), as the Golan is the northern-most section of that area. Eiver Hayarden is fully incorporated into Eretz Yisrael. It may be true that there are different levels of kedusha, but even within the Land of Judea there are different levels, as there are within Yerushalayim itself.
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).