Tuesday, July 31, 2007

RULING ON HASHKAFA - Yevamos 86 - Daf Yomi

Tosfos discusses the penalty that Ezra established regarding the Levi’im and their ma’aser. In the middle of this discussion, Tosfos issues the following statement: We have ruled that Malachi is the same person as Ezra.

The Maharatz Chayus asks: How can Tosfos rule regarding this issue? The entire discussion of who Malachi was, is a historical fact, and the issue is one of Aggadata, and not halacha. It seems strange to issue a ruling on a historical fact.

(http://divreichaim.blogspot.com/2007/07/psak-on-hashkafa-and-formulating-torah.html) Divrei Chaim discusses this issue at depth. Can there be a ruling on hashkafic matters?