Thursday, November 09, 2006

Daf Yomi - Beitzah 14 - Laws and morals

The Gemara states that Rav Pappi visited the home of Mar Shmuel on Yom Tov and the servants of Mar Shmuel brought Rav Pappi disa, which is a dish made from wheat kernels that are split into less than four pieces. One reason that Rav Pappi did not eat the dish is because Rav Pappi was concerned that the servants of Shmuel were depraved, so Rav Pappi suspected that they had used a large mortar and pestle, which is prohibited on Yom Tov. Thus, we see that knowing the Halacha is not sufficient for one to be deemed an observant Jew. One must also have correct morals, as otherwise he will be suspected of disregarding Halacha. Torah is not a storybook, yet it is also not merely a book of laws. The Medrash states that the Torah was given to refine our character, and for this reason we must pay close attention to how our Patriarchs and Matriarchs acted, and this will enhance our observance of the halachos that the Torah prescribed for us.