Shabbat Parashat Lech Lecha| 5766
Lech Lecha | | 01/01/2006
In all of Tanach, the command, “lech lecha (you shall go)” is found only twice, both in regard to our first patriarch. The first time, Hashem told Avram to leave his homeland for the Promised Land, with the promise of success in his future (Bereishit 12: 1-2).
Case: An author made a binding agreement with a publisher to publish his book. The publisher received the right to sell the book and was required to pay royalties to the author as editions were published. The publisher was significantly behind in his payments, citing large debt. The author died, and his inheritors want to nullify the contract because it was breeched or use the rights to the book as a means of payment. [We will discuss the topic in two parts: 1) whether late payment voids an agreement; 2) whether inheritors have to uphold this type of agreement.]
The Rabbis of Bavel, who continued the chain of the Oral Law tradition on foreign land and composed Talmud Bavli, stressed that location influences the development of one’s personality. They distinguished between the talmidei chachamim of Bavel and those of Eretz Yisrael.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory 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).