Shabbat Parashat Emor| 5765
Emor | | 02/01/2004
The parasha’s section dealing with the festivals seems to start off strangely. “Speak to Bnei Yisrael and tell them, Hashem’s festivals (moadei- hinting at a specific time) that you shall set as holy convocations, these are My festivals” (Vayikra 23:2). This is followed by a pasuk about Shabbat and then again, “These are Hashem’s festivals, holy convocations, which you shall set at their appointed times” (ibid. :3-4).
Case: A couple lived together under a civil marriage and decided to get divorced. They reached a settlement by which the husband would transfer his share in their apartment to the wife. A date was set at beit din to formalize the agreement. (Beit din was involved because even after a civil marriage, it is customary to require a get l’chumra.) The couple never arrived at beit din. Rather, the husband went abroad after signing a power of attorney to allow the wife to receive full ownership of the apartment. The wife followed him abroad, where they lived as husband and wife for a year and half. Upon returning, the wife used the power of attorney to obtain ownership of the apartment. The two sides are interested at this point to divorce, but the husband has sued to return his share of the apartment. He claims that it was transferred improperly, as it was linked to a divorce that did not materialize. The wife claims that the apartment was a present as evidenced by the power of attorney, and that, in any case, she paid $100,000 for his part. She presented no evidence of payment, and he denies that there was any.
Now that we have witnessed the outbreak of a wave of hatred from our neighbors from foreign nations [ed. note- the “first intifada”], whom we had thought had reconciled with our existence, there are some who have reverted to a tendency that was prevalent in the Diaspora. Now, as then, many communities of people dedicated to Torah observance distance themselves from identifying with the re-establishment of a national entity in our land.
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).