[Avodah] Halachic accidents?
JRich at Segalco.com
Tue Jan 7 14:12:14 PST 2020
From a post:
On the one hand, a frustrating element of arbitrariness surrounds umbrella use on Shabbos. Why do we act strictly on this issue, which is hotly debated among authorities, while acting leniently on other disputed issues? God's will, as defined by halakhah, should not be subject to historical accident. On the other hand, like an individual, a community is defined in part by its past. We cannot change how we got to where we are, our communal evolution through history. As halakhah evolves--within boundaries, of course--we cannot turn back the clock without destabilizing the system.
Me: “God's will, as defined by halakhah, should not be subject to historical accident.” I tend to agree, yet we see it not infrequently (e.g. stories told about why no dairy bread allowed even with wrapper, why no duchening in ch”ul) So IMHO either you have to say it is hashgacha pratit or at least that those poskim saw it as such (rather than random fluctuation) ?
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