Monday, January 6, 2020

.ב The Whole Picture

מַעֲשֶׂה וּבָאוּ בָנָיו מִבֵּית הַמִּשְׁתֶּה, אָמְרוּ לוֹ: לֹא קָרִינוּ אֶת שְׁמַע, אָמַר לָהֶם: אִם לֹא עָלָה עַמּוּד הַשַּׁחַר חַיָּיבִין אַתֶּם לִקְרוֹת.

The response of רבן גמליאל is somewhat intriguing. Could he not see for himself whether or not it was still night? He could have simply answered that they are still required to say קריאת שמע. But it seems that he is teaching us a great lesson when conveying הלכה to others. It is not sufficient to simply deliver the פסק. One must provide reasoning so that the askers understand and perhaps can discern for themselves the next time such a question arises. This is certainly something we can apply even if as regular individuals. A good example might be when it comes to ברכות on food, as we will explore later in this מסכתא. I know whenever my kids ask me what the proper ברכה is on a cereal or another food, I try to not only tell them what it is but why because the halachic detail is very intricate. 

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