Questions for the Week of Parshas Devarim
Food For Thought
If I find an apple under my apple tree on Shabbos, am I permitted to eat it?
Am I permitted to fashion a toothpick on Shabbos?
What about breaking a herbal sprig in order to smell the fragrance?
Answers coming next week.
Vort on the Parsha
The parsha makes mention of the daughters of Lot who named their children after their father, which requires explaining. Would they not want to hide their abominable act and find other names?
Rav Moshe Feinstein ztzl relates that when he was the Rav of L?uban he visited an old man on his deathbed who told R Moshe that he was continuously bothered by this question. He continued that Lots daughters had come to him in a dream and he asked them this very question.
They replied that they knew that a time would come when people would say that someone was born to a mother without conceiving from a father. If they would hide the fact that they were pregnant from their father, and everyone knowing that all men were killed with the destruction of Sdom, these people would bring proof from the Torah that it is possible to conceive a child without a father. They therefore decided to advertise the fact that there was a father at the expense of their modesty.
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