Shabbat Pesach| 5765
| | 02/01/2004
Chazal instituted that we should read on Chol Hamoed Pesach from a portion of Parashat Ki Tisa, starting with the section that deals with the aftermath of the chet haegel (sin of the Golden Calf). Moshe asked that Hashem accompany Bnei Yisrael Himself and also that He reveal Himself to Moshe. Hashem agreed to accompany Bnei Yisrael, but, in regard to the second request, Hashem said that Moshe could only view “Hashem’s Back” not “His Face” (see Shemot 33:12-23).
It is an enjoyable challenge, worthy of the commandment to find matters of pleasure on the chagim, to try to connect various areas of halacha to the mitzvot of the day. We will take this opportunity to find connection between the matter of chametz and the topic from Choshen Mishpat of davar hagorem l’mamon (=dhlm). Dhlm describes acase where one does not own a given object, but it is worth money to him.
When Avraham questioned the tidings that his offspring would inherit the land to which Hashem brought him, it was not out of doubt that Hashem could follow through on His promise. Rather, he had difficulty seeing how his offspring could maintain the Land with the prospect of an independent state that they would have to control. The problem would not be so much the physical challenges, but the ability to integrate a life of Torah and spirituality with the practical considerations of statehood.
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).