I heard from my rav that one of the laws of a king is that during mourning, he is not allowed to sit on the floor. Rather he sits on a couch, so as not shame his status as the king.

If this is true, how was King David allowed to mourn on the floor as we see in Shmuel II 12:16?

  • That's from the Mishna: Sanhedrin paragraph 2 Mishna 3. As general guideline, trying to resolve conflicts of that kind (biblical figure does not follow Halacha that is written later on), not always gets reasonable results. – Alaychem goes to Codidact Jul 21 '19 at 9:56
  • Is that deoraisa? 99+% of derabbanans didn't exist yet. – Heshy Jul 21 '19 at 10:49

He's not mourning. Heis praying that the child should survive; indeed when it does die he no longer weeps or fasts,much to his servants consternation https://www.sefaria.org/II_Samuel.12.21?with=all&lang=bi

  • That's an excellent point that I guess I missed. I have to recheck the chronology. – DanF Jul 22 '19 at 13:56

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