Shabbat Parashat Yitro| 5765
Yitro | | 02/01/2004
Chazal chose the section describing Yeshaya’s initiation as a navi asthe haftara ofthe parasha ofthe giving of the Torah. What is the connection? At Har Sinai, Hashem inculcated in Bnei Yisrael the fundamental belief in a single and singular G-d. For this unique moment in history, “He who sits in the hidden heights” revealed Himself to the entirety of His chosen nation.
Case: Reuven sold a home to Shimon and obligated himself to try to secure for Shimon access to a storage room in the building. Shimon complained to beit din that Reuven had not completed that obligation. Reuven responded that since he does not have the power to get access to the storage room without the agreement of others, which is not forthcoming, he has no operative, binding responsibilities.
The Torah instructs Bnei Yisrael that when they “go out as an encampment against your enemy, you should stay away from anything bad …you should have a place outside the camp, and you should go out there. You shall have a shovel along with your weapons, and it shall be when you shall be out, you shall use it to dig and you shall go back and cover your excrement.
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).