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Naso | | 02/01/2004
When Second Place is First-RateOne of the questions that troubled Chazal in our parasha is how the head of the Tribe of Yisachar, Yaakov’s ninth son and Leah’s fifth, merited to bring the special korbanot (sacrifices) to inaugurate the Mishkan (Tabernacle) second among the tribal heads. Looking at the p’sukim and Chazal’s comments on them, we find several answers.
P’ninat MishpatCase: A husband is in jail for four years after conviction for drug dealing. Beit din instructed him to give a get, but he refused. During the hearing in beit din, the husband acted wildly, spitting at and threatening the dayanim. Beit din has the ability to reduce his chances of early discharge for good behavior by informing the authorities of his behavior in court. They would prefer to make a deal with the man to withhold the complaint if he gives a get. Would that linkage make the get he would be pressured into a get m’useh (coerced)?
Moreshet ShaulWith the development of modern, medical technology, it has become more common for women who are having trouble conceiving to use artificial insemination to conceive. [Ed. note- of course, now we have more advanced systems.] By this, we mean that the husband’s sperm is injected into the wife’s uterus.
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).