You said last week that the takanos of chazal are for our benefit. Can you give an example?
I could give tens of examples, hundreds, but I’ll choose one. Do you know how lucky we are that we have the din of yichud? Sometimes yichud seems to be a hardship but actually it’s a salvation for us. How many triangles were avoided because of yichud! How many tragedies!
We think, “Well, decent people won’t fall into sins.” But the chachomim didn’t rely on us. They said, “Nothing doing! אין אפטרופוס לעריות. Like the world says, “Love finds a way.” And so they made a takana, you cannot be together in the same private place where a woman is. A man should never be alone in a place with a strange woman. No matter what the circumstances are, no matter how good their intentions are.
That’s one of the beautiful takanos that have kept the Jewish nation pure and clean down to recently. It’s remarkable with what severity the Am Yisroel practices this – all the frum Jews observe the details to this day. And of course, the results demonstrate how wise the policy is because those who don’t have this law of yichud are constantly victims of circumstances that are tragic; besides making them broken people morally their lives are ruined. It happens all the time among them. Here is a man, a gentile; could be he doesn’t mean any harm, but he happens to be alone with a female. And it happens. He’s human and he’s nichshal. He stumbles. He does a cheit and his life is ruined.
But boruch Hashem the Am Yisroel is protected. Among Jews it can never happen. A frum Jew is never alone with a female. Yichud! We’re protected by our Torah. How lucky we are! אשרינו מה טוב חלקינו ומה נעים גורלנו that we have dinim of yichud! For that alone, we should be forever grateful to the chachomim.
TAPE # 613