June 22, 2015

Bais Shami, Bais Hillel

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 10:27 pm

In the old days, we used to be able to pick who we wanted to paskin by, Bais Shemai or Bais Hillel. The gemarah says that someone should just pick one way or the other and hold by everything that Rabbi does and not pick and choose. Someone who would take all the leniency from both would be called wicked, while one who picked one Rabbi and added the stringency of the other would be considered a fool. Then a Bas Kol came down & said we paskin by Bais Hillel. Why Bais Hillel, because he was humble. This gemarah in Erivin got me thinking about how many of us pick and choose what we like in Judaism and from different Rabbis and how it sometimes confuses us. Then again, it isn’t so simple as we don’t have Rabbis the caliber of Bais Shimai and Hillel. The purpose of gemarahs in Bavli is to make us think so I leave this open to you as well to think over after-all, the Bas Kol came down to tell us to go with the humblest opinion until the times of the Moshiach.