Monday, December 19, 2016

The Drunk Rosh Yeshiva

שאין חלום בלא דברים בטלים

The Steipler zt"l said, there once was a Rosh Yeshiva 
who got drunk on Purim and said they should ask him 
any question in Shas and he will have an answer.

They asked him from the gemoro Nedarim 8 a+b
"If someone dreamt that he was put in Cherem and
they were Matir his Cherem, he must be Matir
his Cherem again after awakening. 

Because we assume part of the dream to be true and
part not to be true, We assume the true part of the dream 
was being put in Cherem and the untrue part of the dream 
was they were Matir him".

The question they asked from the Rosh Yeshiva was:

"why don't we assume the opposite, that the untrue 
part was being put in Cherem and the true part
was them being Matir the Cherem, and he wouldn't 
need another Heter after awakening?

The Rosh Yeshiva answered that according to the Rishonim
who hold Cherem is Deorysa and even if it is only divrei 
kabbalah, when there is a Safek we need to go Lechumra 
and assume he didn't have a Hatara.

The Steipler said from the answer he gave,  you
can tell he was drunk.

How did the steipler know that the Rosh Yeshiva was drunk???

Click here for answer 


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