Brachos 31 – ברכות לא

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Today’s Daf Yomi Question:

Chana declared ‘I will seclude myself with a stranger in front of my husband’ which will result in my drinking the Sotah water.  How can she allow herself to transgress the prohibition of Yichud?

The Gemara says if one needs to fast on a Shabbos, he should nevertheless atone (for his neglecting Oneg Shabbos) by fasting again… If fasting on Shabbos requires atonement, how can one transgress a prohibition with the intention to atone for it later?

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2 thoughts on “Brachos 31 – ברכות לא

  1. Rebbe,

    Didn’t Eli Hakohein know that davening should only be heard by the davener not other people? Was Chana the first person to daven silently in his presence. In addition – how can a child be chayav mesa for teaching or paskening in his Rebbe’s presence? Shmuel was a child not an adult.

    • Hi Shmuel,

      Great points. Rashi (Shmuel 1:1,3) explains that silent davening was not the norm prior to Channa. The Maharsha asks your second question about Shmuel being a Katan. He answers that although he was patur b’dinei adam (i.e. through Beis Din), nevertheless was still chayav b’dinei shamayim. Perhaps that also explains how Eli Hakohen was able to pardon him.

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