Shabbat Parashat Yitro| 5767
Yitro | | 01/01/2006
As Bnei Yisrael encamped at the foot of Mt. Sinai to witness Hashem’s revelation and accept the Torah, Hashem laid out strict rules to keep them from approaching the mountain. Even the kohanim (the firstborn, who at that time were religious functionaries), who were used to approaching to serve, Hashem had to keep their distance (Shemot 19:22). Why were people who were fit to approach Hashem in a Beit Hamikdash type setting not allowed to do so at this time?
In conjunction with the opening of our new beit din, Mishpat V’halacha B’Yisrael, we have begun to put out a weekly publication on the field of Jewish jurisprudence, called Halacha Pesuka. Halacha Psuka, written in Hebrew, is sent to a subscriber list by e-mail weekly. We know that many of those who read this publication and especially this column are bi-lingual and interested in the topic called mishpat ivri,in the Israeli parlance.
The Tur (Orach Chayim 445:2) says that whether chametz that was burnt is asur b’hana’ah on Pesach depends if one holds like R. Yehuda (=RY) or Rabbanan. According to RY that one must eliminate chametz by burning it, the burnt chametz is mutar b’hana’ah. According to Rabbanan that it can be dealt with in a variety of physical ways, it is asur. This is based on the rule that the ashes of isurei hana’ah which one needs only bury (nikbarin)are asur b’hana’ah.
Question: I had friends over; I didn’t notice that one of them brought a music CD, which she left in my CD player. A week later she inquired about its whereabouts. We found it outside its case, among an assortment of family CDs. I might have taken her CD out, thinking it was one of the kids’; perhaps my kids (under bar mitzva) did so. My friend later told me that it was scratched and ruined. She did not ask me to pay her, but should I offer?
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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).