Monday, December 31, 2007

Pious and Righteous

The Gemora (Nedarim 10a) states: Rabbi Yehudah said in a braisa: The early pious ones were eager to bring a chatas offering, because the Holy One, blessed be He, never caused them to stumble. What did they do? They arose and made a nedavah vow of nezirus to the Omnipresent, so they should be liable to bring a chatas offering to the Omnipresent (when the nezirus was completed; this was considered virtuous).

Shoel U’meishiv asks: Tosfos writes in several places in Shas that Hashem does not cause the righteous to stumble only in respect to prohibitions dealing with eating; however, they may stumble by other prohibitions. If so, it is still possible for them to bring a chatas offering, when they stumble in other prohibitions, so why were they compelled to take a vow of nezirus?

He answers that Tosfos only said that in regards to the righteous people. They may stumble in other prohibitions. However, the pious people are on a much higher level and Hashem would not allow them to stumble in any prohibition.


Anonymous said...

The Ramban in Lech Lecho quotes the Medrash regarding Avraham muzzling his animals. Pinchas ben Yair's donkey was on a high level, so certainly Avraham's animals were on a high level and they did not require muzzling. Would this shtim with Tosfos as regarding the donkey and camels it refers to eating?

Avromi said...

Tosfos Yevamos 99b changes a girsa in the Gemora there which says this principle regarding animals as well. He says that it is only applicable by what a tzadik eats and nothing else.