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Shabbat Parashat Balak | 5769
Balak | 12Tamuz 5769 | 04/07/2009
Parashat Hashavuah:The Power of the Three Legs (=Holidays)Hashem opened the mouth of the donkey, who asked Bilam: “What did I do to you that you hit me three times (regalim- literally, legs)?” (Bamidbar 22:28). Rashi says that the regalim hint to the travesty of harming Bnei Yisrael, who celebrate three holidays a year. Why is this out of all mitzvot connected to Bilam’s desire to destroy them? The Siftei Chachamim says that since Hashem wants to “see us” when we visit Yerushalayim on the holidays, it is wrong for Bilam to want us to be destroyed.
Ask the Rabbi: May one serve as a chazan in shul if he hates one of the congregants for no good reasonMay one serve as a chazan in shul if he hates one of the congregants for no good reason, especially if the congregant has great difficulty concentrating when he does so? Is it different regarding this person being the ba’al tokeiah (shofar blower) on Rosh Hashana?
Ein Ayah: Concern for National and Global SuccessAvram is Avraham. In the beginning, he became the father of Aram, and at the end, of the whole world. Saray is Sarah. In the beginning, she became the noblewoman of her nation, and at the end, of the whole world.
P’ninat Mishpat: Damage Payment for One Who Hit AnotherThe defendant (=def), an educator in the community, hit the plaintiff (=pl), a youngster who hit def’s son. Pl was injured, causing medical expenses and some long term damage. Def says that he acted in an accepted educational manner within his community, which feels that only strong action deters aggression among their youngsters.
Hemdat Hadaf Hayomi: The Obligation of a Judge to Explain his RulingThis week in the Daf Hayomi (69a), the Gemara tells of two business partners who came to Rav Papa twice, to resolve a dispute between them. In both cases, Rav Papa ruled against the same partner. The partner felt that the rulings of Rav Papa were contradictory and that Rav Papa was discriminating against him. Rav Papa, in order to remove this suspicion, explained to the partner the reasoning behind the two rulings. From the wording of the Gemara it appears that only because of the suspicion did Rav Papa explain his reasoning, but in other cases the judge is not required to do so.
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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).