Thursday, May 28, 2015

An impressive defense of Klal Yisroel

Shoftim 6:13-14. Hashem reacts favorably to Gid'on's defense of Klal Yisroel - per Rashi, either they deserve to be saved in the merit of their righteous forefathers or because they're no worse than their wicked forefathers who were saved. If this day was Pesach, how could Gid'on have been threshing wheat? True, he used a shinui, but there isn't any such heter for dash as there is for tochein, is there?


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  2. 1. If, as the Mechaber says in 495:2, all melachos for yomtov needs are muttar, but the chachamim prohibited some, such as harvesting etc, the answer is that he was pre-issur.
    2. In any case, from Rashi there in passuk 19 it is clear that the event took place on Chol HaMoed, not Yomtov. That being the case, the word "Emesh" in Rash in 13 must mean "in the evening," not "last night." Although harvesting on Chol HaMoed is generally prohibited, that is not the case when there's nothing else to eat, as was true at the time of Gideon.