Questions for the Week of Parshas Bamidbar
Food For Thought
Is a woman permitted to apply makeup or remove it on Shabbos?
Is a girl permitted to eat a red ice-lolly on Shabbos when after all it paints her lips red?
Is removing a stain from ones body a problem of erasing (mochek)?
May one use a toilet freshener that colors the water on Shabbos?
Answers coming next week.
The Midrash says that Hashem offered the Torah to the nations who after hearing what it entailed declined the offer. One nation was told that the Torah prohibits stealing and another was told that it prohibits murder. The question is that all nations of the world must keep the 7 Noachide laws which include the prohibitions of stealing and murder, what difference does it make if they refused the Torah?
The answer in brief is that the 7 Noachide laws are merely a means to keep civilization in check whereas the same mitzvos given to the Jews as part of the 613 mitzvos are commandments to be considerate of the fellow person.
For example, embarrassing someone is a division of murder, as Chazal tell us that ones blood drains from the face, similar to murder. This is only included in the 613 mitzvos and not in the Noachide laws.
Job (Iyov) had four doors to his tent enabling guests to enter without having to bother going around to another entrance, just as Avraham Avinu had constructed his tent. Nevertheless he waas told that he had only half of Avrahams merits. That is because Avraham would search for guests whereas Job would wait for them to come.
That is the difference; Avraham looked to improve anothers welfare whereas Job did that which was necessary and not more.
We must therefore, as R Yona of Giorondi puts it, investigate as to where can we improve anothers welafare and not just merely wait for a needy hand to pass our doorstep.
That is the beauty of our Torah. Chag Sameach.
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