Shabbat Parashat Toldot| 5766
Toldot | | 01/01/2005
As Hashem’s decision to destroy S’dom was nearly complete, He allowed Avraham to try to defend his neighbors and soften the pending Divine judgment against them. The Torah explains why Hashem saw it fit to involve Avraham in the matter. Avraham was one who commanded his household and descendents to “keep the way of Hashem to do charity and justice” (Bereishit 18:19). Let us investigate the nature of these attributes of doing charity and justice.
A wife left home in South America and moved to Israel. Her husband refuses to move to Israel, and she refuses to return. The husband wants, under the circumstances, to get divorced but she refuses to receive a get.
As we remember but can forget, Jews were unable to emigrate from the Soviet Union for decades. Among their troubles was the strong pressure to abandon their Jewish, national and religious heritage. When the “Iron Curtain” was first lifted, it was unclear how long the privilege to leave Russia would last. The question was raised whether a Jew was permitted to violate Shabbat in order to expedite a fellow Jew’s departure, thus opening the way for him to have a religious lifestyle. The following is Rav Yisraeli’s analysis of the halachic questions involved, not a final ruling.
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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).