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Author:  Marc
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Date:  10/26/2003 12:14:00 PM
Subject:  Spirit of the Law
Message:  I frequently hear and read tshuvas that always have a "spirit of the law" component.

two questions-
1) It there such a thing?
2) Isnt Yersushas Habas and selling chometz two offhand violations of "spirit" ?

if there is "spirit of the Law" how does mortal man have the chutpah to judge the thrust of a divine commandment????
Reply:  1) It's an English term, and it's not part of our laws. There are concepts in Jewish Law that are somewhat similar, however.
2) Anything done within the rules of the Torah, is OK to do. The Halachah will usually tell you when & where there is a reason to be stricter. Selling Chometz is very complicated and very often not done properly, causing the owners to commit a sin of a serious magnitude. The same person won't be caught dead drinking Coca-Cola that has corn syrup as an ingredient on Pesach. Go figure!

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