- Mezuza 2
- Moshe Ben-Chaim
- Question: Recently a young girl had died from illness at a
young age the rabbi's said check the mezuza when she was sick and
found a letter in the mezuza was pasul and this letter started the
name for the girls sickness (it was a mem and the sickness was
meningitis)what do you make of this?
- Reply: To answer your question, I would check mezuzot from 20
more people, many of which I am sure letters would be cracked and
missing, and ask why these people aren't sick. The Torah rebukes such
foolish practices. The Rambam speaks about those who give signs for
themselves, and classifies them under idolatrous practices. I believe
it is Perek 11 in Avoda Zara, in the Yad.
- I talked with a friend tonight who told me they had a friend who was
dying. She went to a rebbe, he said she would live, but she died. This
has happened more than once.
- Yes, some times coincidences happen. Talmud Sanhedrin gives this
answer to those who asked why a gentile was healed upon leaving his
church - coincidence happens. In your case, a 'mem' happened to be
missing. That's all. No proven connection to the illness. A rabbi made
a good point: If we follow this practice that the mezuza caused the
death, what happened to the Jewish concept of reward and punishment,
"each man in his own sin should die"? If one did not sin,
and had a faulty mezuza, would the mezuza kill anyway? Do you think
this is God's practice? Intelligence and knowledge of God's justice
completely dismisses such cruelty. Torah ideals must appeal to man's
mind, this is why God gave us a mind - to use it in Torah study. The
Ibn Ezra says on the Aseres HaDibros in Shmos that if we find
something with no reasonable understanding, even a mitzvah, we abandon
it. We do not perform that which is nonsense. This is not God's will.
- I would like to quote again the Shulchan Aruch, in the Gilyon
M'harsha, Yoreh Daah, 289, page 113 on the bottom, "if one
affixes the mezuza for the reason of fulfilling the command, one may
consider that as reward for doing so he will be watched by G-d. But,
if one affixes the mezuza solely for protective reasons, it in fact
has no guidance, and the mezuza will be as knives in his eyes".
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