Shabbat Parashat Noach | 5769
Noach | 3 Cheshvan 5769 | 01/11/2008
The point of the lead question of the title is not to introduce a scientific analysis of the phenomenon of a rainbow. It is not even to deal with the Ramban’s discussion of whether a rainbow is a natural phenomenon that existed since creation or a later change in nature. The question is what the rainbow is supposed to communicate to whom. Most people would say that the rainbow is Hashem’s way of telling us that He will not destroy the world again (even if we may deserve it).
We made Sheva Berachot at se’uda shlishit. The question arose: should one drink the cup(s) before Havdala in this case?
We discussed last time the importance of having the “closed statements” of the Torah (especially the instructions on practical mitzvot) and the “open statements” (the involvement in creatively expanding the texts beyond their simple meanings) complement each other.
A man (pl) is a neighbor and shares a roof with an apartment that had been owned by a woman and her children (def) but since had been transferred to the ownership of the children (the woman still lives there). Pl wants to divide the ownership of the roof in order to build on part of it. Def do not want to allow the construction and want to adjudicate the matter in B’er Sheva, where they live. Pl wants the case to be heard in the area of the apartments, where he lives, and points out that his physical frailty makes it difficult to travel to B’er Sheva.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of George Weinstein
Gershon ben Yehudah Mayer, a lover of the Jewish Nation Torah and Land.
As well as
R ' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
Hemdat Yamim is endowed by Les & Ethel Sutker of
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).