[Avodah] How does Prozbul work?

Micha Berger via Avodah avodah at lists.aishdas.org
Wed Sep 16 14:47:57 PDT 2015

On Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 09:54:59PM +0300, Lisa Liel wrote:
: Actually, I meant your last sentence.  How do you know that the area
: of the 2.5 shvatim didn't include a majority of Bnei Yisrael?

Because the gemara has to explain why 2-1/2 shevatim needed as many arei
miqlat as the rest of BY. And the answer is because those who settled
for land on that side of the Yardein built a more careless culture. (See
Rashi Bamidbar 35:14 which is based on Abayei Makos 10a, and the Maharal
on the Rashi to explain that Rashi [and Abayei] assume that the number
who need galus will be greater whent he number of murderers does.)

Notice the answer was NOT "because HQBH knew there would be at least
as many people Mei'eiver haYardein before bayis rishon ended".

It would also take a notable statistical anomaly for the largest
population to grow out of a small initial state, and yet never get a
navi telling them anything, etc...


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