Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Semicha Controversy -Part 2



קח לך את יהושע--- וסמכת את ידך עליו במדבר כ"ז

The Semicha Controversy 
 

     

While the מהר"י בירב was Rav and Rosh Yeshiva in Tzfat,
the (מהרלב"ח (לוי בן יעקב ן חביב was the Rov in Yerushalayim
which was a much smaller community than Tzfat. Most
of the Gedolim at that time lived in Tzfat.

The סמיכה that R.Y.B. introduced was based on the
Rambam in פירוש המשניות on the 1st Mishna in Sanhedrin
and in the Yad Hl. Sanhedrin) who writes if כל חכמי א"י
are מסכים then we can reintroduce the סמיכה.

R.Y.B. didn't bother consulting with the חכמי ירושלים
He held since רוב חכמי א"י were living in Tzfat and
when the Rambam writes  כל חכמי א"י he meant רוב is
good enough.

R.L.B.Ch. was upset that the חכמי ירושלים were not
consulted and their כבוד wasn't taken into consideration.

He also held since the Rambam writes  כל חכמי א"י
then רוב is not enough.

The מהר"י בירב was מסמיך the מהרלב"ח hoping that
this will end the מחלוקת. The מהר"י בירב wasn't successful
and the מחלוקה kept on until after his death.

In the last( סימן (קמז in שו"ת מהרלב"ח it is printed a
5 part קונדרס* from both the מהר"י בירב & מהרלב"ח
arguing about the legitimacy and merits of the סמיכה
They ended up attacking each other personally.

The Machlokes was so intense that the מהר"י בירב
had to flee Eretz Yisroel to Damascus. The
authorities were told that he plans to revolt against the
Government with the introduction of the סמיכה

The סמיכה lasted  for only 4 generations The מהר"י בירב
was מסמיך the Bais Yosef who was מסמיך  R.Moishe
Alshich who was מסמיך R.Chaim Vital who was the
last מוסמך in the world.


* Both מהר"י בירב &מהרלב"ח spell קונדרס with a Daled ד
instead a Tes ט



1 comment:

  1. Sir Winston Churchill said [in year 1955 CE]:

    “You ought to let the Jews have Jerusalem;
    it is they who made it famous.”

    SOURCE: Churchill and the Jews
    (chapter 26, page 292) by Martin Gilbert, year 2007
    ISBN-10: 0805088644 * ISBN-13: 978-0805088649

    CHRONOLOGY:
    Sir Winston Churchill was British Prime Minister
    from 1940 to 1945 CE and from 1951 to 1955 CE.

    ===================================
    Winston Churchill said this in 1937 CE:

    “[Winston] Churchill did not accept that the Jews
    were a foreign race [to the Holy Land]. He said it was
    the Arabs who had been the outsiders, the conquerors.”

    SOURCE: Churchill and the Jews
    (chapter 10, page 115) by Martin Gilbert, year 2007

    CHRONOLOGY:
    Sir Winston Churchill was British Prime Minister
    from 1940 to 1945 CE and from 1951 to 1955 CE.

    HISTORY NOTE:

    According to the Wikipedia internet encyclopedia,
    these lands were conquered by the Rashidun Caliphs,
    from year 632 to year 661 of the Common Era
    (from west to East): Libya, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon,
    Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Eastern Turkey, and Iran.

    Therefore, Winston Churchill was correct when
    he said that the Muslims were the outsiders
    and conquerors, with respect to the land of Israel.

    ===================================
    In 1946 CE Winston Churchill said:

    “I am against preventing Jews from doing
    anything which other people are allowed to do.”

    SOURCE: Churchill and the Jews
    (chapter 23, page 205) by Martin Gilbert, year 2007

    CHRONOLOGY:
    Sir Winston Churchill was British Prime Minister
    from 1940 to 1945 CE and from 1951 to 1955 CE.
    [Winston] Churchill wrote, on 3 June 1950 CE:


    ===================================
    “The thought, the inspiration and the culture
    of the Jews has been one of the vital dominants
    in the world history.

    There are none of the arts or sciences which
    have not been enriched by Jewish achievements.”

    SOURCE: Churchill and the Jews
    (chapter 26, pages 280 to 281)
    by Martin Gilbert, year 2007
    ISBN-10: 0805088644 * ISBN-13: 978-0805088649

    CHRONOLOGY:
    Sir Winston Churchill was British Prime Minister
    from 1940 to 1945 CE and from 1951 to 1955 CE.

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