Shabbat Parashat Vaetchanan| 5767
Vaetchanan | | 01/01/2006
It is the practice in the many Jewish communities of the world that this week we begin a series of reading seven prophecies of consolation (shiva d’nechemta) of the prophet, Yeshayahu, most of which are concentrated in chapters 40-66. In another place, we have demonstrated that Sefer Yeshayahu is consistently organized on a chronological basis.
Case: An organization rented an apartment for a period of two years. The contract included a provision that the renter could stop the rental earlier with three months warning. During the rental period, one of the organization’s directors sent a letter which expressed the organization’s intention to terminate the rental in three month’s time. A month later, they sent a letter in which they withdrew their intention to end the rental, which was signed by the same director. The landlord refuses to accept the second letter. His condition for their continued occupation of the apartment beyond the date stated in the first letter is the doubling of their rent. The organization says that the director was not authorized to inform about the ending of the rental, as the full secretariat must do so. In any case, they say that they withdrew the letter in time.
The test that the nation is facing now is not just how it will stand up to invading armies, but also and mainly how it will fare in the internal, spiritual battle. Will the political renewal and independence include spiritual reawakening and freedom from dependence on foreign factors? In this area, the struggle is harder. Whereas the external enemy is clearly discernable and one naturally protects himself from the palpable danger, the inner enemy is disguised in the cloak of national dedication, securing key positions.
Question: I rent out an apartment, primarily for tourists for short stays. Often when I straighten up after they have left, I find articles of varying values left behind. I have spent numerous hours tracking down people and figuring out how to return items, many of which I know they do not care about. Do I have to continue expending funds (including mailing, writing checks instead of sending cash) and an excessive amount of time?
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).