Monday, July 28, 2008

Gittin Daf 17

The Gemara discusses why was it enacted to put the date on a Get of divorce?
One answer given by R. Yochanan is lest a husband fraudulently save his wife from being killed for adultery by giving her a dateless Get after she sinned and Beis Din would not know when the divorce happened, and could not kill her. Sometimes a man would have enough compassion to save a wife that betrayed him, in a case where he married his niece. The other answer given by Reish Lakish is so she will be able to prove from when the fruits of her possessions belong to her, the day he finished writing the Get.
The Gemara is teaching us to be wary of two very strong Yetzer Haras (evil inclinations). The first one is to be careful not to sin where you think you are doing the right thing, like in this case where he thinks he is having mercy and trying to save a life. The second Yetzer Hara that we are warned about is also a very powerful one....Money.
We can see these two types of Yetzer Haras in Shema where it says "bechol levavcha bechol nafshecha u'vchol meodecha" Bechol levavcha is "bishnei yitrzrecha" with both the Yetzer Tov and the Yetzer Hara, namely the continuation of the pasuk of the Yetzer Hara of the "nafeshecha" when you you think you are doing the right thing, and the Yetzer Hara of "meodecha" your money.

2 comments:

Mark Kerzner said...

Nice, but my question is, if the Torah already taught this, and Rabbi Akiba explained it, then why do the Amoras have to teach it once again?

Ohr Henegev said...

The Mesillas Yesharim writes in his hakdama that one will hardly find anything that he didn't already know before, but precisely because it is so well known it tends to get ignored. The only answer is to keep reminding ourselves of what we already know and bring it into action.