Shabbat Parashat Vayikra| 5765
Vayikra | | 02/01/2004
One of a baby’s earliest sentences is invariably, “I want.” We hope that as he matures, his interests will be less self-centered. But a person continues to have strong desires throughout his life. The idea is to channel those desires in positive directions. Let’s see what our parasha teaches on the matter.
Case: A contractor obligated himself to pay $250 a month to the owners of the home he was to renovate to rent an alternative home during the time of renovations if the work would be completed on time. The work did take longer than promised, but the contractor said that he need not pay because the homeowner did not rent an apartment and, thus, there was no need to pay for expenses that never materialized.
In two prominent places (Devarim 6:6; ibid.11:19) where the Torah gives the general mitzva to educate one’s children, it says to do so “b’shivt’cha b’veitecha, u’v’lecht’cha baderech” (when you sit in your house and when you go on your way). In other words, not only is concern for a child’s education applicable when everyone is together in the home, but even when one is on the road and unable to teach his child, he should appoint an agent, a melamed (teacher), to do so on his behalf.
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).