Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sotah 3:3, Question 1:

How is Rabbi Eliezer's view an acceptable rebuttal to Ben Azzai?

1 comment:

  1. I think Ben Azzai had essentially said that a daughter who is learned (in Torah) cannot (or should not) be receive the full punishment for adultery. If that is the case, then Rabbi Eliezer's statement is sort of valid, in that he is simply saying, "A daughter who is taught that learning Torah can prevent her from being punished for her sins is using the Torah in obscene manner." Not exactly... but sort of. The way he actually says it is kind of harsh, but it is acceptable only because what Ben Azzai had said was so flawed. Two wrongs don't make a right, but sometimes a harsh statement is needed.