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Curious Tales of the Talmud: The Great Oven Debacle
A special Shavuos lesson from the JLI Course Curious Tales of the Talmud.
Utter pandemonium reigned when the great Rabbi Eliezer disagreed with his colleagues on a halachic matter. A carob tree, a stream of water, and the walls of the study hall futilely intervened on Rabbi Eliezer’s behalf. Then, a heavenly voice called out: “Defer to the opinion of Rabbi Eliezer!” Can a carob tree, a stream of water, or brick walls settle a halachic dispute? Are rabbis empowered to disregard a directive from heaven?