Friday, September 14, 2012
Instances Where Yeshua Violated MODERN Rabbinic Halachah
So Gene asked a great question (I love a good question). He asked:
"OK, Peter - now, please give me some specific Pharisaic halachic precepts that Yeshua rejected that set aside a specific Torah commandment. Then, please specify the where I can find that halachic precept in the Oral Law today (so that we know that was indeed a codified halacha, and not simply a sinful behavior of individual). Let's see how many you can come up with from the New Testament."
And so I gave him a few examples in my response:
Here are some examples:
In John 5, it's Shabbat and Yeshua and a man are in a public domain. Yeshua tells him to pick up his bed and walk. This was a violation of first century halacha because it says:
"so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, 'It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”
It's also a violation of modern halacha:
"82:1 In the public domain and in a semi-public domain it's forbidden to carry (on Shabbat) any object four cubits. Whether one carries it, or throws it or passes it. To carry it, in several stages, each one less than four cubits, is also forbidden." (Shulchan Aruch)
I could go on. Shulchan Aruch says:
"91:1 One who feels discomfort, but makes an effort to carry on like a healthy person, it's forbidden for him to receive any medical treatment even something that doesn't involve (biblical) prohibited activity. Even to apply oil whether by himself or by another or even by a Gentile."
But Yeshua violated this all the time, healing people who didn't have immediately life-threatening illnesses. In Luke 14, Yeshua healed someone who had dropsy. Dropsy is not immediately life-threatening and Yeshua didn't cite to the principle of pikuach nefesh in order to heal him. Rather, he points out the flaw in the Rabbinic rationale by showing that even they would help out an animal on the Sabbath so how much more should they help out a human being. Nevertheless, as cited above, when pikuach nefesh doesn't apply, Rabbinic halachah (law) says that YOU ARE FORBIDDEN TO GIVE MEDICAL TREATMENT".
I can go on and I will go on. I'm going to compile a little list. But I don't have the time right now. So I'll give more examples after Shabbat.
Posted by Peter at 12:15 PM