Shabbat Parashat Bereshit 5766
Bereishit | | 01/01/2006
Our parasha deals extensively with the fundamental issue of relationships between men and women and the natural outcome of their relationships and relations, bringing offspring into the world.
Case: Reuven bought suits from Shimon for 400 lira and paid 100 lira on the spot. He sent his son, Levi, a few days later with another sum of money and sent 100 lira a few days later and claimed that he had thereby payed the whole debt. Shimon says that he had counted the middle payment in front of Levi and had written down that it was 100 lira for a subtotal of 200 and 200 remaining. Levi admits not counting the money but claims that Reuven had said that it was 200 and that Shimon had agreed after counting it. Shimon says that he had said that the 200 he mentioned included the first payment. Yehuda, who was present at the time, testified that Shimon had written down the amount and heard the numbers 100 and 200 in a manner that sounded more like Shimon’s claim. However, was not certain about the exact wording of the conversation.
Chazal refer to the death of a tzaddik as hafleh vafeleh (a mysterious wonder of wonders). This is because his life is so full of majestic wonder that it is hard to imagine that death has power to separate between his body and soul, which worked so harmoniously during his life.
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).