Derech Halimud: סיבה ומסובב, cause and effect, is this philosophy or Halacha?
- Rabbi Azarya Berzon
- Aug 13, 2017
- 1 hr 13 min 16 sec
Series: Daily Shiur
In his philosophical writings, the Rambam distinguishes between sequence (קדימה) in the material world, i.e. the world of time - event A preceded event B - and conceptual sequence - event A caused event B. In the latter category, both A & B may have emerged simultaneously in material time. One or more of the giants of Halacha make reference to the Rambam & apply the distinction to Halacha. Thus the money given to a woman is transformed into כסף קידושין with the & by virtue of the קידושין itself. But do we not need the כסף in order to generate the קידושין? The Rogetchover quotes the Rambam & establishes simultaneity. Thus activating the principle of באים כאחת. The sun generates rays, but both emerge simultaneously.
- Masechet Sanhedrin 31b-32a: How do we pasken on integrating the testimony of two witnesses?; The 1st Mishna in the 4th Perek, testimony in monetary & capital cases