Thursday, August 31, 2006

Daf Yomi - Yoma 85 - Healing the “Hard of Hearing”

Daf Yomi - Yoma 85 - Healing the “hard of hearing”

The Gemara states a source for the law that one can save a person from a life-threatening danger even if the laws of Shabbos will be violated. The Medrash in Haazinu poses a question regarding one who has an ear ache, if we are allowed to heal him on Shabbos. The Medrash answers that we are permitted to heal one who has an ear ache because when one is in a situation of a life-threatening danger, we are allowed to violate the Shabbos. The Chasam Sofer explains that this Medrash is referring to Shabbos Shuva, the Shabbos between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and especially when the Rav delivers his sermon. One may claim that it is forbidden to rebuke the congregation harshly on the Shabbos preceding Yom Kippur, as one is forbidden to cause pain and anguish on Shabbos. The Medrash therefore states that this is a life-threatening situation, because if one does not hear and accept the rebuke on Shabbos Shuva, he never will repent before Yom Kippur.