The Three Stones

The Talmud Shabbat page 81 talks about how many stones one may bring outside on Shabba in order to clean after relieving oneself. The Talmud states that for “kavod habriot” or for one dignity one may carry them outside. Why must the Talmud dedicate two pages to this bizarre discussion?

The simple answer is to teach that the dignity of man is primary. However the Shikkerdovid would like to point out another lesson. Even cleaning oneself is encompassed in the Torah. Gd is concerned with even the most mundane of man’s needs. He wants us to bring holiness into the most mundane aspects of our life, or at least, think of holiness in the most elemental acts a man engages in.

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