Sanhedrin 8-9 continues the debate between Rabbi Meyer and the Rabbis about whether accusing one’s wife of infidelity (dont know a nicer way of saying it) needs a court of judges of 3 or 23.
The debate scrolls down and comes to a fascinating statement. Normally, in order to be held responsible for doing a sin one must receive “warning” or “hasroah”. However, one opinion is that if the person is a “Chaver” or learned, the requirement of a warning is dispensed with.
Strange? Is not the law equal to all. ? The Shikkerdovid would like to use this as proof that we are all held to different standards: Our own capacity. Only Hashem knows what we are truly capable of. We cannot say, “most people do this or that so I will.” We must commit ourselves to be the best and strive in all things. Only Hashem knows what we are capable of and he judges each of us on our own ability.
Nice. Reminds me of one of my favorite parables/Rebbe stories — important lesson.
Reb Zusha was laying on his deathbed surrounded by his disciples. He was crying and no one could comfort him. One student asked his Rebbe, “Why do you cry? You were almost as wise as Moses and as kind as Abraham.” Reb Zusha answered, “When I pass from this world and appear before the Heavenly Tribunal, they won’t ask me, ‘Zusha, why weren’t you as wise as Moses or as kind as Abraham,’ rather, they will ask me, ‘Zusha, why weren’t you Zusha?’ Why didn’t I fulfill my potential, why didn’t I follow the path that could have been mine.” http://rabbishimon.com/tzadikim/showz.php?p=zusha.htm
A classic Shikker Dovid observation. Thank you uncle Mitchell.