Judicial Discretion: Shavuot 30, Kiddushin 74 and the Holy Ishbitzer

There is no such thing as coincidences. The world of thought is delicately interwoven to each person’s intellectual ability. Last night, the Shikkerdovid attended a class given by Rabbi Prager during which we learned Shavout 30. The concept of “Shuduah di dinei” was discussed. Rashi describes this concept as follows: judges making a determination without witness testimony. They rely on their own intuition.

Now the Shikkerdovid has been attending this shiur for over 20 years and all of a sudden, out of nowhere, Rabbi Prager cites to the Holy Ishbitzer- Rav Morechai Yosef Leiner. Rabbi Prager then confides in us that his is Mordechai Yosef. The “Yosef” in his name is for the Holy Ishbizer. He said that the Holy Ishbitzer said Shuda di Dinei relies on divine inspiration. That Hashem’s wisdom comes into the consciousness of the judges and thus a decision is rendered.

Fast forward to 7am this morning in the daf yomi, Kiddushin 74. WHOMP. There it was: “Shuda Di Dinnei” The idea surfaced in the discussion of a merchant dispute. Two separate Talmudic tractates. Miles apart. Here it was again.Twice in less than 12 hours.

The Shikkerdovid would like to circle back to the Holy Ishbitzer. As Rabbi Prager said: the inspiration for legal decision made by the judges was from Hashem. The same way that sometimes, Judges will rely on Godly inspiration, we must look to Hashem for inspiration- in our learning, our actions, our play (our drinking).

We must take these holy coincidences and derive inspiration.

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2 Responses to Judicial Discretion: Shavuot 30, Kiddushin 74 and the Holy Ishbitzer

  1. Jonathan Field says:

    Having been there this morning for this revelation I feel very inspired by Shikker Dovid’s insight.
    May we all be zoche to be aware of how intraconnected we are to Hashem and each other

  2. Emuna Daily says:

    You momish are having a chavrusa with Hashem. So holy. I posted about this a couple of years ago and still get inspired each time it happens. see here – https://emunadaily.com/2014/11/10/a-chavrusa-with-hashem/

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