Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Daf Yomi - Beitza 39 - HEAVENLY FIRE

The Mishna ruled that one who uses a coal of hekdesh for his private purposes will be obligated to bring a korban (asham meilos) for his action. One is Rabbinically forbidden from deriving pleasure from a flame of hekdesh; however there is no korban obligation. This is because a flame is not considered a tangible item.

Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach inquires as to what the halacha would be regarding the flame of the mizbeach. This fire originated from heaven and cannot be extinguished. Perhaps it is considered tangible and therefore one would be obligated to bring a korban meilah for deriving pleasure from this fire.