[Avodah] tfilat haderech and birchat hagomel

Micha Berger micha at aishdas.org
Thu Jan 31 02:44:44 PST 2013

On Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 01:32:01AM -0500, Zev Sero wrote:
>                                A woman is better off with any man than
> with none, because most women find it difficult or impossible to support
> themselves....

But then it would be a rov with known exceptions, even in Chazal's
day. Thee are enough stories of a matrionis discussing a matter with
a tanna. These estate-holding balebastas didn't need income at all.
(Barring the unexpected tragedy, like losing everything in the fall
of Y-m.)

The gemara makes an exception for such nashim chashuvos in requiring
them to do heseibah at the seider. (Pesachim 108a) And the Rashbam
talks of the general heter in terms of most women having a yir'ah for
and dependency on their husbands.

So why would tav lemeisiv not be treated as an umdena or rav, given the
identifiable exceptions, rather than a chazaqah?

Of course, this reopens the question of whether all chazaqos are
unchanging realities or situational. My current line of reasoning would
imply that all chazaqos disvara would be existential parts of human
nature. And that would be what makes them differ from a ruba deleisa
leqaman which is a kelal that only happens to be true.

But since RYBS does invoke a pasuq, and the argument above doesn't
entail one, it is my own thought/question about the existential nature
of chazaqos, not RYBS's.

Tangent on "thought/question": In the Y-mi, "ba'i" means either to ask
a she'eila (as in the Bavli) or to introduce a possible chiddush.

This makes for some interesting machloqesin among acharonim about how
to read the gemara. One could say "R' XYZ suggested from his own
logic that the halakhah ought to be P" while the other reads it as "R'
XYZ was asking if the halakhah is P" and a third, that we was asking
how it could be that the halakhah is P.

Tir'u baTov!

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