Thursday, 21 March 2013

eruvin 13

some disputes need a daughter's voice to settle them.
but when a daughter is suspected and there is a dispute,
even the brilliant gaze of the sofer who can see pure in the impure, makes the letters permanent. and the shaming of the sotah, the suspected adulteress, remains written on the page.

(Rabbi Meir was a sofer, ritual scribe, and would add copper sulphate to the ink to make it permanent. This is questioned as the temple ritual of the sotah is to dissolve letters, although this may just be when the ritual is practised and not to erase the passage about the sotah from the Torah scroll. The other dispute on this page is between the rival academies - Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai. eventually a bat kol ruled who the law follows)

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