[Avodah] A question for the Chevre

Micha Berger micha at aishdas.org
Fri Feb 8 11:03:09 PST 2013

On Fri, Feb 08, 2013 at 06:05:20AM +0200, Moshe Zeldman wrote:
: It seems that in purely halachic terms, he's correct. But I have a chush
: that there's something wrong with this approach.

If someone ch"v is in a plane crash and all he has to eat are the local
pigs or the people who didn't survive the crash, which does he choose?

RYAmital used this question to explain the difference between his more
chassidish perspective and RALichtenstein's (his co-RY's) more Brisker

RYA was sure that both would end up eating the pork. But, RYA suggested,
RAL would feel guilty about it afterward. The question is whether one
thinks in purely halachic terms.

One might also argue that if the mitzvos were Shabbos vs yir'as Shamayim,
one should chooce yir'as Shamayim. Without which one can't accept tzivuyim
from the One in shamayim, ie no real concept of mitzvos. But ahavas H',
no matter how lofty, isn't necessarily as central. So become a mussarnik
rather than a chassid -- you can still get holy without putting ahavas
H' in the centerpiece.

I acknowledge that ahavah and yir'ah are inseparable, but they are
distinct mitzvos to teach. Just as Shabbos, even "just" boreir, if done
right should enhance both.


Micha Berger             You are where your thoughts are.
micha at aishdas.org                - Ramban, Igeres Hakodesh, Ch. 5
Fax: (270) 514-1507

More information about the Avodah mailing list