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1) A LEVI WHO KILLS UNINTENTIONALLY
QUESTION: The Gemara cites a Beraisa that discusses where a Levi goes if he
kills accidentally. The problem is that all of the Arei Miklat belong to the
Leviyim; they are the cities that were designated for the Leviyim as their
residence. How, then, is it possible for one to be in "Galus," in exile,
while in his hometown? The Beraisa says that a Levi who kills accidentally
must go from one Ir Miklat to another Ir Miklat ("mi'Pelach l'Pelach;" see
HAGAHOS HA'BACH in Makos 12b. The Beraisa continues and says that a Levi who
stays in his own city is also protected from the Go'el ha'Dam.
These two statements seem to contradict each other. If a Levi is protected
by staying in his city, then why does the first part of the Beraisa say that
he must go to a different city?
(a) TOSFOS (DH Ir) and the RITVA in Makos answer that, l'Chatchilah, a Levi
should flee to a different city. However, b'Di'eved, if he flees to his own
city, he will be protected there.
The SHEYAREI KORBAN (Yerushalmi Makos 2:6) asks how can there be a ruling of
"l'Chatchilah" and "b'Di'eved" with regard to such a matter? The killer is
seeking refuge from a Go'el ha'Dam by fleeing to the Ir Miklat. He will be
putting his life in danger by going to another city, and he certainly should
be permitted to remain where he is l'Chatchilah in order to save his life
and avoid putting his life in danger!
Perhaps we may answer that the l'Chatchilah option would apply in a case in
which a Levi accidentally kills a convert, in which case there is no Go'el
Alternatively, there are many cases in which the accidental killer knows
that the Go'el ha'Dam is not seeking to kill him. In such a case, it
certainly is better for him to get the greater Kaparah by going to a
different city instead of remaining in his own city.
Perhaps Tosfos means that if the killer wants a greater Kaparah, he should
go to another city despite the risk to his life instead of remaining in his
The CHASDEI DAVID (Tosefta Makos 2:2) suggests that this opinion is
discussed in the Tosefta. The Tana Kama in the Tosefta states that a Levi
must go from city to city. The Tosefta quotes Rebbi who says that half of
the city for this killer is considered like the entire city. The Chasdei
David understands that the Tana Kama says that the most preferable option is
for the Levi to go to another city, while Rebbi holds that it is equally
acceptable for him to travel to another neighborhood in his present city.
(b) Tosfos answers further that the first part of the Beraisa is teaching
that it is preferably for the Levi to go to a different city for his own
benefit, since going to a different city permits him to roam anywhere within
the city limits. He may stay in his present city, but if he does he must
move to another neighborhood in his city. If he chooses the second option of
staying in his own city, his movement in the city will be limited. He will
be able to roam around the entire city *except* for his original
(c) Tosfos in Makos (12b, DH Palcho Kolto) says that if the Levi stays in
his city, "he may not go from neighborhood to neighborhood." What does
Tosfos mean by the second "neighborhood?" The ARUCH LA'NER in Makos suggests
that Tosfos there means that he may not go back to his old neighborhood, as
Tosfos here says, since there is no reason for him to be more restricted
than any other killer who may travel in all of the Ir Miklat.
However, the MINCHAS CHINUCH (Mitzvah #410) argues that Tosfos in Makos
argues with Tosfos in Zevachim. Tosfos there says that the Levi may not go
out of his new neighborhood *at all*. This is also the opinion of the TOSFOS
SHANTZ, and one opinion cited by the ME'IRI in Makos.
(d) The RAMBAM (Hilchos Rotze'ach 7:5) has another understanding of this
Beraisa. The Rambam apparently learns that when the Beraisa says that the
Levi is protected when he stays in his own town, this refers only to when he
killed outside of his hometown. However, when he killed in the confines of
his own town, then he must fulfill the first law of the Beraisa and flee to
another city to seek refuge. His home city no longer protects him. This
opinion is also cited by the Me'iri in Makos and by the SEFAS EMES here in
Zevachim. The MISHNEH L'MELECH says that the source of the Rambam's ruling
is our Gemara.
The YAD BINYAMIN here has difficulty with all of these explanations. The
Beraisa quotes the verse, "Ki b'Ir Miklato Yeshev" -- "for in the city of
his refuge he will dwell" (Bamidbar 35:28), and explains that the verse is
referring to an "Ir she'Koltaso Kevar," a city that has already sheltered
this accidental murderer. The Beraisa's wording of "Koltaso Kevar" implies
that the verse is referring to an accidental killer who already was saved
once before from a Go'el ha'Dam due to this Ir Miklat, but not to a Levi who
happened to live in the city before he accidentally killed! In addition, how
can the Rambam learn that a Levi who accidentally kills outside of his city
may stay in his city because of this verse? The verse implies that he may
stay where he is if he kills, but not that he may run back to his original
city! How does the Rambam apply this verse specifically to a case in which
he killed outside of his city? (See KIRYAS SEFER who cites a different verse
as the Rambam's source, implying that he does not hold that our Gemara is
the Rambam's source, unlike the Mishneh l'Melech.)
(e) The RITVA in Makos (12b) indeed explains the Beraisa based on the
argument that the Yad Binyamin expresses. The Ritva learns that the Beraisa
is referring to a Levi who killed once by accident and went to Galus to a
different city. If he kills again, he is required only to switch
neighborhoods, because of the verse of "Ki b'Ir Miklato Yeshev."
(f) The Ritva also gives the first explanation of Tosfos, differentiating
between going to a different city l'Chatchilah and moving to a different
neighborhood b'Di'eved, but he says that the reason for this is that a Levi
who kills once is like a Yisrael who kills twice. The Yad Binyamin asserts
that the Ritva is answering his question according to the explanation of
Tosfos (that is, why does Tosfos call this city a place that "saved" the
Levi even though he never killed before). Since the Torah says that this is
one of the places where the Levi must live, it is considered as if it
"saved" the Levi even if he never killed. (Y. Montrose)
2) OFFERING A MINCHAH OFFERING ON A "BAMAH"
QUESTION: The Beraisa (117a) records a Machlokes regarding what type of
Korban may be offered on a Bamah (when Bamos were permitted). Rebbi Meir
says that any Korban that is brought as a Neder or Nedavah may be offered on
a Bamah, while any Korban that is obligatory may not be offered on a Bamah.
The Chachamim argue and say that only Olos and Shelamim may be offered on a
Bamah, but not a Minchah, even if it is a Neder or Nedavah.
The Gemara later (119b) discusses the statement of Rebbi Yehudah in the
Mishnah (113a) who, like the Chachamim in the Beraisa, maintains that
Minchah offerings are offered on a Bamah. The Gemara says that the source
for this opinion is the verse (Vayikra 17:5) that uses the word, "Zevachim,"
or "slaughtered offerings," to describe the types of Korbanos that are
offered on a Bamah. This word shows that the Torah is referring only to
offerings that are slaughtered, excluding Menachos and other offerings that
are not slaughtered.
When the Chachamim say that a Minchah offering may not be offered on a
Bamah, do they mean that no Menachos may be offered on any type of Bamah, or
do they permit certain types of Menachos to be offered on certain types of
(a) TOSFOS (DH v'Rabanan) explains that the Chachamim hold that Menachos are
not offered on any type of Bamah, neither a Bamas Yachid (private Bamah) nor
a Bamas Tzibur (public Bamah).
Tosfos asks, however, that this opinion is problematic. Rebbi Yehudah, like
the Chachamim, says that Menachos are not offered on a Bamah (113a).
However, in the Beraisa here (117a), Rebbi Yehudah also says that whatever
Korban was brought in the Ohel Mo'ed was brought in Gilgal as well. This
implies that Menachos *were* offered on Bamos in Gilgal. If Rebbi Yehudah
and the Chachamim are of the same opinion with regard to offering Menachos
on a Bamah, then the Chachamim should agree that Menachos were offered on
the Bamos in Gilgal, contrary to Tosfos' assertion.
Tosfos states that although Rebbi Yehudah maintains that Menachos were
offered n Bamos in Gilgal, differentiating between Bamos in Gilgal and Bamos
during other eras, it is not logical to say that Rebbi Yehudah
differentiates between a Bamas Yachid and a Bamas Tzibur. Since the source
that a Minchah is not offered on a Bamah is the verse of "Zevachim"
mentioned above, we have no source nor reason to differentiate between a
Bamas Yachid and a Bamas Tzibur.
The KEREN ORAH (118a) has difficulty with this statement. The Mishnah states
that a Bamas Tzibur, unlike a Bamas Yachid, requires a Kohen. We know that
for a Kohen to be eligible to perform the Avodah, he must first offer a
Minchas Chinuch (inaugural Minchah offering). If, however, the Chachamim
maintain that no Minchah may be brought on any Bamah, then how could the
Kohanim have brought their Minchas Chinuch offerings?
A similar question is posed by the RADAL (Rav David Luria). The Gemara in
Rosh Hashanah (13a) says that the Minchas ha'Omer was offered in Gilgal,
when the Korbanos were brought on a Bamas Tzibur, as the Mishnah describes,
and the people proceeded to eat the new wheat that day. This shows that they
did offer a Minchah on a Bamas Tzibur.
The YAD BINYAMIN is perplexed by Tosfos' reasoning that Rebbi Yehudah does
not differentiate between a Bamas Yachid and a Bamas Tzibur. According to
the Chachamim, there is reason to differentiate between the two types of
Bamos. The Chachamim prohibit offering a Minchah when there is a Mishkan
because of the Derashah that "Yesharos Takrivu," which teaches that only
Nedarim and Nedavos may be offered on a Bamah. When the Chachamim expound
the verse of "Zevachim" and understand that it excludes Menachos, logic
dictates that just as other Korbanos which are Chovos are not brought on any
Bamah, the verse is telling us that Menachos are also not brought on any
Bamah. Accordingly, there is reason to say that the Chachamim do not
differentiate between a Bamas Yachid and a Bamas Tzibur with regard to
Menachos. On the other hand, Rebbi Yehudah, unlike the Chachamim, clearly
says in the Beraisa that even obligatory Korbanos (Chovos) are brought on a
Bamas Tzibur. Since almost all Korbanos may be brought on a Bamas Tzibur
according to Rebbi Yehudah, it is logical that he understands that the Torah
is excluding only Menachos from being brought on a Bamas Yachid (which is
the Halachah with regard to other Korbanos).
(b) The MISHNEH L'MELECH (Hilchos Korban Pesach 1:3) asserts that it *is*
logical to say that Rebbi Yehudah holds that Menachos were brought only on a
Bamas Tzibur. This can be understood from Rebbi Yehudah's first statement in
the Beraisa as cited by Tosfos, in addition to his statement later in the
Beraisa that "the Bamah on top of his roof was used only for Olos and
Shelamim." Assessing both parts of the statement, we see that the former
implies that Menachos were brought on a Bamas Tzibur, and the latter shows
that only Olos and Shelamim, not Menachos, were brought on the private
Bamah. (It is worth noting that the Mishneh l'Melech does not address the
question of Tosfos.)
The Mishneh l'Melech points out that Tosfos in Sotah (16a, DH l'Rabos)
implies that, according to Rebbi Yehudah, a Minchas Sotah *was* brought
during the times of Nov and Giv'on, when Bamos were used. The Mishneh
l'Melech says that he does not think it is logical to differentiate and
answer that only a Minchas Tzibur was brought and not a Minchas Yachid. He
concludes that Tosfos' opinion requires further elucidation. If, however,
this differentiation between a Minchas Tzibur and a Minchas Yachid was
correct, then it would answer the questions of the Keren Orah and the Radal
on Tosfos. (Y. Montrose)