[Avodah] Psak in Machshava
JRich at sibson.com
Fri Jan 4 12:00:59 PST 2013
> It wasn't a "vote." They reached a consensus. See the Maharal Derech
> Chaim 2:9.
WADR to RSK (the translator I cut-n-pasted from), "nimnu vegamru"
does literally refer to counting votes. And it is, as RJR noted in hit
original post, "the language of psak".
I think the Maharal's point is that the gemara isn't so much about Beis
Hillel and Beis Shammai arguing on an aggadic point as an aggadic story,
metaphor and all, about a machloqes. Thus the Maharal darshens the
meaning of the debate taking 2-1/2 years, etc... The "nimnu vegamru"
is within the story, part of the mashal, as well.
OK-but IIUC every other time it is used in Bavli, it is psak. So while the Maharal's take coheres with a no psak in hashkafa position, the simple pshat would be psak.
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