I’ve often encountered a challenge when writing about topics that interest me – where I start writing without realizing how involved the topic and how much time it will take to write something accessible to a general audience. As such, recently I’ve tried to write really short self-contained blog posts.
So it’s with some misgivings that I start writing about an extremely involved and contentious topic like the sugya of מצוה לשמוע לדברי חכמים. But at the end of the day, I want to write about things that interest me.
That said, some disclaimers must be made. This is a topic where a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, and I make no promises to finish this in a comprehensive way. Perhaps that is not responsible, but then again, I don’t claim to be a very responsible person. Of course, as always, I must say what goes without saying:
Even if I had intended for whatever I wrote to be authoritative – it would not be – because I am not an authority on anything. But I do not intend for anything I write to be authoritative at all – I am just thinking out loud – so even in the alternate reality where I was an authority on the subject matter, what I write here would not be authoritative.
To be well versed in on the subject, besides knowing the relevant sugyot in Shas and the commentaries – there is a lengthy תשובה in the שו”ת חקרי לב about the matter. Depending on how far we go, we will likely reference it a lot and we may go into it at depth. It would make sense for anyone trying to really understand these matters to go through the תשובה
Here is a link:
(It has been noted that the print in the Hebrewbooks.org copy of חקרי לב is not the clearest and most pristine, but it is the only one I know of that it publically available online. If anyone knows of a link to a version with a better print – a link in the comments would be most appreciated.)
Some sources for the first post:
- Deuteronomy 17:11
- Bavli Bava Basra 47b – 48a
- Miamonides Hilchos Gerushim Chapter 2 Halacha 20
- Bavli Horayos 2b
- Yerushalmi Horayos Chapter 1 Halacha 1