Shabbat Parashat Balak| 5764
Balak | | 08/01/2003
While Bilam’s first speeches were ordered by Balak, the fourth and final speech was of his own volition. After thrice not getting the type of help he was hoping for, Balak reacted angrily and told Bilam to leave and not give any more blessings. Bilam, whose feelings were hurt, showed some of his haughtiness by introducing his parting words with a new title he hadn’t used the previous times. “The one who knows the knowledge of Hashem” (Bamidbar 24:17) then went on to prophecy about the “end of the days.”
Case: A couple got married with the agreement that they would live with the husband’s sick mother and his sister. After a year and a half, the wife left the joint apartment and demanded that her husband should rent a separate apartment for them and, in the meantime, pay for her support. The regional beit din had ruled that, since the wife had agreed to the arrangement prior to their marriage, and since some complications were to be expected, she would have to prove that the difficulties of living with her in-laws were out of the ordinary. In the meantime, she could not demand support as long as she refused to stay in domestic residence with her husband. Harabbanim Yisraeli, Kapach, and Eliyahu sat as a court of appeals.
Question: Didn’t working the land in and of itself demand special attention from the rabbi?
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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).