Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend
Rambam

Rambam

Rabbi Yitzchok Etshalom
Talmud Torah 7:10

10. If someone doesn't know who declared the Nidui on him, he may go to the Nasi (head of the Court), who will lift the ban.

Q1: May the Nasi lift the ban even if the Menudeh knows who banned him, but doesn't want to go to him? Or that person (as in the previous Halakha) left town?

YE: From the sugya in Mo'ed Kattan (17a), it seems that the Nasi may only operate in this way when the Menudeh cannot identify the one who placed him in Nidui. It does not necessarily follow that if the person was known but unavailable or died, that the Nasi may lift the ban - that may require a regular Beit-Din (as in MT Talmud Torah 6:12).

Q2: What is the function of the Nasi here - as representative of the court or it's highest officer?

YE: Since we learned that if the Nasi declares Nidui, all Jews mujst respect it - but not the inverse - (MT Talmud Torah 6:13) - it follows that it is the Nasi's office which stands on top of the "Nidui hierarchy" - due to the Beit-Din and Torah-honor nature of Nidui (as mentioned above). Here, the Nasi may lift the ban because he is the highest officer of the court. Since the hierarchy of the court climaxes with the Nasi, any Nidui-related issue will become subject to his approval or lack thereof.

Rambam, Copyright (c) 1999 Project Genesis, Inc.

 

ARTICLES ON KI SISA AND PURIM:

View Complete List

Delving into the Megila
- 5774

Parashas Parah
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

Allusions and Illusions
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Whole is Greater than its Parts
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5772

How Could They?
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5758

Shabbos Is Both A Mitzvah And A Present
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5773

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Shabbos Has Kept the Children of Israel Holy
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

Of Mice Traps and Men
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

From Calf to Cow
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

ArtScroll

From Rags to Riches
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5774

Heads Up!
Shlomo Katz - 5766

The Complete Purim Story
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5761

> Don't Second Guess G-d
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5757

The Birthplace of Idolatry
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Just a Coincidence?
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

Distant Wisdom
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information