Questions for the Week of Parshas Shoftim
Food For Thought
What is the halacha with regards to using a hot water bottle on Shabbos?
Is one permitted to immerse oneself in a mikveh on Shabbos?
May one make use of a sauna on Shabbos?
What about using a sauna after Shabbos that was heated on Shabbos?
Answers coming next week.
Vort on the Parsha
The possuk tells us that we must eradicate all sources of evil from within our midst (17:7). We often find in the Torah that a persons surroundings influence ones thoughts for the good and for the bad. It is for this reason that witnesses of a crime are the first to punish the evildoer, in order to eliminate the bad impression left by witnessing the crime.
We find that Yitzchok Avinu turned blind from the incense of the idol worship of his daughters-in-law whereas Rivka Imeinu did not. Rashi tells us that it is because she witnessed idol worshipping in her fathers home. This is amazing because she left her fathers home when she was 3 years old and her daughters-in-law were burning incense approximately 130 years later. Nevertheless we see that it left an indelible impression on her soul which prevented her from becoming blind.
The Torah wants us to live in pristine spiritual surroundings so as not to mar the saintliness of our souls.
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