Moral Lesson from Page 32 of Kesubot

The Gemara in Keshobot launches into a dissussion of “Kum Lah Di Rabim Menaa. ” Or one does not pay money for a punuishment when faced with lashes, or death. This means that if one does an act which encompasses a financial penalty and a “criminal” penalty, one is expemt from payment

On page 32, the Talmud goes throught various cases and asks in the case of Adim Zommim, if they pay and get the penalty which they intended to inflict through their false testimony. The Talmud states that Adim Zommeim is unique because there is a punishment even though their is no warning. THe reason which came out during the daf yomi is that the people wrongly accused, did not have an opportunity to be ‘warned.” Just as they were not warned and subject to false testimony , so too are the people who did the false testifying. Thus Adim Zommeim can be punished without warning.

This is so interesting. Normally, to be punished one must be specific warnings and the consequences. This does not apply to the false testifiers. ONe can be punished without the warning.

The message is obvious (even to the Shikkerdovid), words are harmfull, once uttered their damage cannot be remedied. The false testifies, gossip mongerers or idle chatteres (which the Shikkedovid professes to sometimes partake in) should on notice that their sin is so grave, that there is no defense. We are all on warning to watch our words.

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1 Response to Moral Lesson from Page 32 of Kesubot

  1. Esther says:

    Beautiful words!! Lashon Hara is our greatest downfall and has the power to ruin peoples lives…

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