Shabbat Parashat Emor| 5764
Emor | | 08/01/2003
Chazal conclude that Shaul sinned in one matter and had his kingdom rescinded, whereas David sinned in two and did not have his kingdom rescinded (Yoma 22b; see Rashi, ad loc.). This accounting of Shaul’s downfall seems to be contradicted by Ezra Hasofer, author of Divrei Hayamim.
Case: The plaintiff (=pl) would periodically give the defendant (=def) a check and receive cash in return soon thereafter. If cash were unavailable, def would right a note in his ledger that he owed the money. A certain time, def did not write down anything in his ledger, even though, according to pl, def did not give the cash. Def responded that in all eight years that they used this arrangement, it never occurred that he failed to immediately write down a debt. He is, therefore, sure that he gave the cash, although he doesn’t actually remember doing so.
The question arose in regard to the lettering of an old sefer Torah, which faded until its letters appeared red. A chemical, which is clear in color, causes the Torah’s letters to revert to black, when applied to the old writing. Does use of this chemical fix a halachically invalidated sefer, ruin one, or not change its status? Let us begin the analysis.