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.

2 comments:

ben 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.