Shabbat Parashat Shemot| 5765
Shemot | | 02/01/2004
Much has been said and written about Moshe’s concern for the welfare of the downtrodden as an important element toward his choice as the leader of Bnei Yisrael, sent by Hashem to liberate them from slavery. It is important to note not only the fact that he came time and again to the rescue of others but also the progression in the profile of each act.
Case: Reuven sold an apartment to Shimon for a given price. In the contract, it says that Shimon inspected the apartment and found that it suited his needs and that he checked the Land Registry to see that there were no outstanding legal issues connected to it. Shimon now complains that he bought the apartment at the agreed price because of its total area, as spelled out in the Land Registry. Only after buying the apartment did Shimon calculate that the listed area of the apartment was overestimated by 40 sq. meters. He, thus, demands that the amount of money he overpaid should be returned.
I was drawn to K’far Haroeh by its members’ desire to build a special type of community without being overly driven by materialistic concerns. I felt comfortable coming to play my role as rav with a feeling of “the two walked together” [based on Bereishit 22:6]. There was no feeling of competing for stature, but there was a desire to work together. The rabbinate deals with one realm, and the rav is expected to fill in that which the member does not have the opportunity to do.
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).