Letter and Spirit in the Law

Rabbi Aha said: Solomon said: The things that the measure of Justice  I have desecrated (Sanhed 2:6 12b)

The Torah instructs that a king shall not have many wives, but it says of Solomon: “And King Solomon loved many foreign women”

The Book of Deuteronomy went up and prostrated itself before God. It said before him: Eternal Master: You have written in your Torah that any will that is partially void is completely voided. Behold, Solomon wishes to uproot a Yodh from me. The Holy One said to it: Solomon and one thousand like him will desist but a single thing from you shall not be arrogated.

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