Thursday, July 16, 2015

והייתם נקיים מה' ומישראל

The Chasam Sofer (Shu"t 6 : 59) writes. "There are two obligations 

1) be vindicated from Hashem

2) be vindicated from Bnei Yisroel. 

It is much easier to fulfill the first obligation than the second one.
The punishment on the second obligation is also much greater.
(Chillul Hashem).

You can have a person doing something which is Halachicly  
correct, but isn't careful  and some "שותי שכר" *(beer drinkers)
mistakenly accuses him of wrongdoing, such a person has not  
fulfilled his obligation of והייתם נקיים(מישראל)  .

It is almost impossible to fulfill this obligation. It is very likely
Shlomo Hamelech had this in mind when he
wrote אין צדיק בארץ

We find  the Bnei Gad etc. followed
Moishe Rabbeinu's advice and fought along
with the other Shevatim for 14 years. They were punished 
to be sent to Galus before the rest of Klall
Yisroel, because they haven't fulfilled 100% the obligation
of והייתם נקיים ."

*Interesting opinion the Chasam Sofer held on beer drinkers

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