Wednesday, December 13, 2006


The Gemora learns from a verse in Tehillim that the Heavenly court will not sit in judgement until the court on earth has sanctified the month.

There were many times that Beis Din was not able to sanctify the new month in the early morning on Rosh Hashana and there were times that the witnesses did not arrive until later in the day. Does that mean that the Heavenly court will not begin to judge until then? Furthermore, it is stated in Chazal that Hashem judges the world in the first three hours of the day. How would that be consistent with that which we are learning here?

The Sfas Emes explains that the world is judged in the beginning of the day always. The meaning of our Gemora is that the Heavenly court has permission to judge at the commencement of the day based on the knowledge that Beis Din will sanctify the month later in the day.


Avromi said...

Does that mean that we can be judged even though we did not know that it was Rosh Hashanah?

Anonymous said...

isn't this a sugya in Rosh Hashanah regarding doing melacha etc?

Avromi said...

melacha doesn't bother me as much as being judged when you are not aware; melacha is either permitted or forbidden based upon our knowledge at that time; can we be judged without knowing?