Saturday, October 12, 2013

Jurisdiction and Insubordination


"One who issues a legal ruling in the geographic area where his rabbinic mentor lives is liable for death."

(Talmud, Eruvin 63a)

Note: This "death" is not a death penalty. Rather, it is a description of Divine wrath [מיתה בידי שמים]. This provides a lesson regarding the process of transmitting Jewish tradition - that it is not a free-for-all, but rather there is a specific line of educated transmission.

Have a great day,

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