Friday, May 04, 2007
what briskers wonder about when lost in thought
R’ Chaim Brisker once found his son lost in thought and asked him what was on his mind. R’ Moshe Soloveitchik replied that he was thinking what the din would be if a 12 year old androgynus kohein entered a cemetery. If the androgynus is considered male, there is no issur involved because he is a katan; if the androgynus is female, there is also no issur because tumas kohanim applies to male kohanim only. However, there is a separate issur of causing a kohein to become tamei – perhaps we should consider the androgynus half-female as violating an issur of causing tumah to a half-male. See R’ Reichman’s Reshimos Shiurim (Mes. Sukkah) for the rest of the debate between R’ Chaim and his son on this point.