Shabbat Parashat Matot-Massei| 5767
Matot | | 01/01/2006
We are in the midst of the three weeks in which we read haftarot which foretell doom to Bnei Yisrael at the end of the First Temple period. Two of these haftarot are taken from the warnings of Yirmiyahu, the prophet of the destruction of the First Temple.
Case: The plaintiff bought a car from the defendant and paid for it. Several hours after the purchase, the car broke down. The cost of fixing it was 7,000 shekels, using new replacement parts. The plaintiff claims that the problem was pre-existing, but that the check did not uncover it because it concentrates on existing problems, not factors that are likely to cause it break down later. The plaintiff says that he spoke to the garage that fixed the car for the defendant a month before the sale and that they had said that the car had a “tired gear.” In practice, the plaintiff had the repairs done using used parts for 3,800 shekel. The plaintiff will accept 3,800 shekel as compensation and points out that the defendant can recover that money from the garage since the repair was under warranty. The defendant responded that the plaintiff was aware of the problem and had been offered a low price because of it. In any case, he says that the plaintiff can sue the garage who provided the guarantee.
They will go from strength to strength” (Tehillim 84:8). This is the description of tzaddikim, who do not have rest in this world or the next (Berachot 64a). Although self-elevation stops with death, the action one did during life lives on through its impact even after death. Indeed tzaddikim are greater in death than in life (Chulin 7b), for often a tzaddik’s greatness or his Torah is grasped and benefited from by others only posthumously.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of
R' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld o.b.m.
Hemdat Yamim is also dedicated by Les & Ethel Sutker of Chicago, Illinois in loving memory of
Max and Mary Sutker
and Louis and Lillian Klein, z"l.
May their memory be a blessing!
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).