Shabbat Parashat Noach | 5763
Noach | | 08/01/2003
After the sinfulness which brought about the Great Flood, the descendants of the survivors, known as the dor hahaflaga, joined together to rebel against Hashem (in one form or another- see the commentaries). Hashem countered by mixing up their speech, so that one did not understand the other, thus foiling their plot. Why did they not get as severe a punishment as their predecessors did?
We saw last week that Chazal preferred that, as much as possible, people should provide for their dependants willingly. One example revolves around the dowry. It was commonplace and expected that a father would provide a significant dowry for his daughter’s marriage. This was one of the ways which enabled the father to help facilitate her marriage (Ketubot 52b). (Many of us have probably heard stories from grandparents about girls in Europe who didn’t have dowries and had difficulty marrying).
There were areas which were captured by Bnei Yisrael when they originally entered the land but were not reoccupied by the returning exiles from Bavel (Chagiga 3a). [We have omitted discussion on these borders, as they are too technical for this forum.] The gemara (Chagiga 25a) reports that a section of land, occupied by the Kuttim, effectively separated the lands of Yehuda and Shomron. [The Kuttim were brought in by the Assyrians to inhabit the area (Shomron) from which the Ten Tribes were exiled.] What was the status of this area?
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is
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).