Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Can Gedolim Make Mistakes?

Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Hilkhos Melakhim 5:9:

Machlon and Kilyon were two Gedolei Ha-Dor and because of a great trouble they left [Israel] and were deserving of Divine destruction because of it.
Note, though, that according to the Rambam they did not violate a prohibition but merely a praiseworthy action (midas chassidus). Nevertheless, for people of their stature, this was a terrible mistake that merited early death.

UPDATE: I concede that this Rambam is a bad example, but it reads great in Hebrew.

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