Thursday, May 8, 2014

Chasam Sofer -This weeks Daf


Beitzah 38 a+b
The Gemoro says , When Reb Aba went to Eretz Yisroel, he Davened :
יהא רעוא דאימא מילתא דתתקבל
Yehi  Ratzon that I should say things that will be acceptable (to the Chachomim).

The Gemoro continues: Reb Aba tried to answer a question asked by the Chachomim but they laughed at him. When he asked them why they were laughing at him they laughed again.Reb Oshiya  said the Chachomim were justified in laughing at Reb Aba.

The Chasam Sofer (O.Ch. 208) asked what message are Chazal trying to teach us, by embarrassing Reb Aba? Chazal should have brought down the discussion they had without the part, of them laughing at him???

The Chasam Sofer answers Chazal are trying to teach us, it is wrong
to Daven, that your words should be acceptable to others. If you
believe something to be true, then it doesn't matter if others agree
with you or not.
After you stated your opinion it is up to others, to change and agree with you or stick to their original opinion. We then Pasken like the Roiv (majority) . It is not imortant for you to convince others to change their minds.

It is very interesting, the Chasam Sofer personally  in Teshuva # 60 
 starts his answer to the Sheilo with a Tefillah
ויהא רעוא דאימא מלתא דתתקבל

This question-Why the Chasam Sofer used this loshon  was asked in the Torah journal Kerem Shlomo (year 15 # 5 pg.61)
By a Rabbi Katz. There are a few answers given by the readers

Perhaps we can add one more answer:
There are times when a Rav Paskens a Sheilo where, he
does not need to take into consideration, the hardship
of the outcome if he Paskens L’chumra.
On the other hand, there are many times when it is very
important for the Rav to consider the hardship. (הפסד מרובה,עגונה, etc.)

Could be the Chasam Sofer would agree that in such Sheilos
It is proper to Daven that the other Rabonim should agree with his
Heter. His Tefilla is not that his opinion should be won over.
His Tefillah is that the Shoel shouldn’t suffer any hardship.
Teshuva #60 deals with, After the War in 1809 the city of Pressburg
lay in ruins. Hundreds of houses were destroyed and damaged
by shells, Napoleon's Army shot across the Danube. Close to two
hundred houses burned down. Winter was approaching and new
homes were desperately needed. The Sheilo was if you can allow
Goyim to build and repair houses on Shabbos.

The Chasam Sofer desperately, wanted to be Matir but wouldn’t
do so, unless the other Rabanim  agreed with his Heter. His
Tefilla was they should agree with his Heter so the Yidden shouldn’t

have to suffer any longer.

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