Take the 2-minute tour ×
Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. It's 100% free, no registration required.

On one hand, I've seen a rule from the Acharonim (I've also seen it in a Shach on Choshen Mishpat also but I can't remember where) that whatever the Gaonim say is "Divrei Kabalah" from the time of the Gemara (which implies that just as one can't argue on the Gemara one can't argue on them).

On the other hand, we find that Rishonim do argue on Gaonim (and don't argue on the Gemara).

Do other Rishonim mention this klal? Is there a machloken in the strength of the Gaonic tradition?

share|improve this question
1  
1  
We have some Rishonim that argue on the gemara too sometimes. –  Double AA Mar 19 '13 at 3:33
    
@DoubleAA Where? –  Shmuel Brin Mar 19 '13 at 3:33
1  
????????????????? –  Double AA Mar 19 '13 at 3:43
2  
Rishonim don't argue on the gemara? I think that the Rambam ignoring the gemara's reasons for mitzvot and making up his own probably counts as "arguing on the gemara". As does his occasionally siding with extra-Talmudic sources, like the Tosefta. –  Shimon bM Mar 19 '13 at 4:31
show 11 more comments

1 Answer

up vote 3 down vote accepted

The Tur (CM 25) records a dispute whether a Rishon has authority to argue against a gaon. The Raavad maintains that one may not, whereas the Rosh says it is possible to.

share|improve this answer
2  
This actually makes sense. The Raavad often quotes the Geonim, while the Rosh had more of an independent streak in his rulings. –  Double AA Mar 19 '13 at 3:41
1  
@double aa raavad does tend to be very much a traditionalist, no new ideas or innovative approaches, and get off my lawn. –  Seth J Mar 19 '13 at 4:07
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.