Shabbat Parashat Matot| 5765
Matot | | 02/01/2004
The last battle that Bnei Yisrael embarked upon during Moshe’s life was unique. It was the first one that the Torah refers to as a battle of revenge. It is also noteworthy that Moshe seems to change the objective of the battle from that which Hashem stated. Hashem says:
Case: Beit din instructed a man to give a get to his wife, who is separated from him; he has yet to do so. In the meantime they required him to pay mezonot (support). The husband sued to suspend payments, claiming that his wife got a job, and while she may choose between mezonot and keeping her salary, she cannot demand both. He also claims that he wants to resume joint, domestic residence (sh’lom bayit) and that if she refuses, she does not deserve mezonot.
There are three fundamental elements to the Ramban’s position, which we will demonstrate with quotes. 1) The obligation is both kibush (the standard translation is, to conquer) and to inhabit Eretz Yisrael (“We were commanded in its conquest and its inhabitation.” 2) Both of these are obligations for all generations (“We were commanded in conquest in all generations;
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).