Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, president of the Community Rabbinical Association, publishes a response this morning (Sunday) to comments made on behalf of Rabbi Prof. Daniel Shaffer regarding the laws of Nida during the Corona crisis.
I read the words written in the name of Rabbi Prof. Daniel Schaffer that it was possible to allow a hug and a kiss between a husband and his wife prior to baptism only during the Korna period, and I was shocked. I am sure that things did not come out under the hands of Rabbi Shabber, but under the hands of an erroneous student. For the sake of clarification, I will add to you the things that are published in his name, on the day of Adar 5765:
The HIDA opinion (Ya’ar Azan System A letter “A”), the Rashbah’s opinion, which goes by the Ramban method, that the Kibbutz prohibitions are only spurs, and all the while it is in a garment and is in the Baghdad Decil Tafi. This method follows the opinion of Rabbi Peded on Shabbat 13a, Desver forbade Torah but a sacrifice of incest only, by which he is in his garment and in the garment is perfectly permitted. And in this he spoke of Rabbi Yosef’s dedication to a wife, his wife, etc., and the first (Rashba, Ramban, etc.) I mentioned, even though they were using a multi-peded method, made it worse by saying that there is a prohibition here anyway. And not as the first ones (Rambam, Raven, or arm, etc.) who decided to go to Humbara as Rabbi Yosef. And so, in times of stress and apraxi from a more severe prohibition, Damadurieta should be facilitated by the sacrifices, and perhaps also in his clothing and in the garment as well as other decribed materials.
I will also add the two of us in Mishna E: And why does the sole reminder of the Rubin because there is no law but the Rubin? That if a tribunal sees the words of the individual and relies on them … in the glory of Israel (name of power) … “to trust the individual sometimes in the time of stress”, as a demerin, he should be able to trust him in the time of stress (Gittin 19). This is a “single opinion” but a majority opinion of the first, etc. But I am not the one who can decide on this issue unless other rabbis and arbiters agree with me.
Things are serious and disproportionate. In the HIDA, there is no hint of a division between the bans of Kryba and “He is in his clothing and is in the Baghdad – Dekil Tapi”, where did he go for some of their sons? And further written in his name “This method is in the opinion of Rabbi Peded on Shabbat 13A, Of incest only, by which he is in a garment and is fully allowed in the garment. ” These are completely unfounded things, in the opinion of Rabbi Kariba, a severe prohibition on impostors and not “totally permissible”.
Anyone familiar with the issue knows the awful story that the Gemara tells at the end of the issue about a wise disciple who believed that sacrifice was a ban, and allowed himself to approach his wife in seven clean:
Tani Debi Eliyahu: The act of one student who changed a lot and read a lot, and served a lot of smart students, and died half his life. And his wife would take his prayers and rehearse them in church houses and in midrashim, and say to them: Write in the Torah that he smiled and lived a long time, my husband who changed a lot and read a lot, and served many wise disciples – because of what died in his half life? And there was no one to return anything.
Once, I stayed with her and would distract her from all the events. And I said to her: My daughter, in your wanderings what is he with you? She told me: God forbid, even a small finger did not touch me. – In the days of your builders (seven clean ones) what is yours? – ate with me, and drank with me, and slept with me about meat and did not think of anything else (we slept in one bed and had a hug while he was in his garment and she was in the garment, and did not think of wearing it at that time). And I said to her: Blessed are those who killed, who did not face the Torah, for Torah said, “And a woman in the band of uncleanness will not come near.” (Saturday 13th)
Everyone who studies the Gemara is puzzled, and so does the prophet Elijah comfort a widowed wife whose husband died in half his life. And why does the Gemara bring this story?
The answer is the great damage that this wise student might do if he lived a lifetime. In the practice in the world in the first half of human days he learns from his master and in the second half he teaches Torah to his students and the public. If this wise student fires instruction according to his method, it will cause disaster for generations to come. And so bless the place they killed.
The story in the Gemara is about a large enough scholar who knows how to decide himself as Rabbi Pedat and against the Mishna and against the opinion of Beit Shamai and Beit Hillel, and against Rabbi Yosef and the sages who have ruled that no sacrifice between a man and his wife is a Torah prohibition, he rules as a Rabbi, a sacrifice is forbidden. Feeling strong enough to disagree with them and say I will pass on wise words and fail.
What he does not realize is that if he does not fail, it does not mean that others will not, according to the logic of that wise student, allow a man to embrace his wifed wife and have no ignorance of a greater education than that. Most Druba dalma who come closer to their wives will fail in their relationship with them. “Fire in youth and not flashing.” Roba Dalma will understand that if hugging and kissing with his wife is allowed, it is permissible with both the single woman and the man’s wife that he hated. So the prophet Elijah said to the widowed woman “Blessed is the place they killed.” That he would continue to live would have been a disaster for generations.
It is important to be clear, the things that were published in the name of Rabbi Sperber are a complete mistake in Halacha. They couldn’t be out of his hand. And who allowed the rabbi to adjudicate against Maimonides and the Shoah, who ruled that sacrifice was a Torah prohibition. Who allowed the rabbi to rule that it is permissible to impose a ban on spurs when urgent. You have no “give your words to the lesson” bigger than that. Always that a man longs for a woman whom he is forbidden for an hour.
Such unfounded things were not written by any wise disciple from the day Torah was given to this day. It has never occurred to any wise student to disobey this ban even in the most horrific times of history, certainly not at the time of the temporary epidemic of the Koran epidemic. Therefore, it seems to me that things did not come out of Rabbi Professor Daniel Sperber’s mouth and were not written by him, only a mistaken student wrote them. And woe to that is what they hear.