Shabbat Parashat Beshalach| 5768
Beshalach | 12 Shevat 5768 | 19/01/2008
Even after the great miracles of the Ten Plagues, the Exodus, and the Splitting of the Sea, Bnei Yisrael were yet to reach their final destination of spiritual stability. A month after the Exodus, the complaints began: “Had we only died at the hands of Hashem in Egypt when we were sitting on the pot of meat, when we ate bread to satiation, that you took us to the desert to kill the entire congregation from hunger” (Shemot 16:3). Hashem’s answer contains an expression that appears here for the first time in the Torah and seems oddly out of place: “In the evening you will know that Hashem took you out of the Land of Egypt and in the morning you will see the glory of (k’vod) Hashem as he heard your complaints …
When I clear plates on Shabbat of leftover food and some of the food has kedushat shvi’it (sanctity of Shemitta, making it forbidden to dispose of it in a disgraceful manner), is it borer (selecting) to separate out that which needs to go into the pach (receptacle of) Shemitta?
Why does one tend to err and attribute such value to things that are really fleeting in this world? Couldn’t the Creator have given us the tendency to choose the good and be repulsed by the bad? Should we not use the tools and instincts that the Creator gave us?
Case: The defendant (def) rented an apartment to the plaintiff (pl) for a year and paid in advance along with a security deposit. In the middle of the year, pl returned the keys to def and left the apartment. In the meantime, def rented out the apartment to someone else. Pl demands the rental money corresponding to the time when the rental was no longer active. Def responds that ending a binding rental requires a kinyan (an act of finalization) which never took place, so that pl remained the renter even when he stopped living there.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated in loving memory of
R ' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
Hemdat Yamim is endowed by Les & Ethel Sutker of
Max and Mary Sutker
and Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l.
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).