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. Commented Jul 21, 2019 at 9:56
  • Is that deoraisa? 99+% of derabbanans didn't exist yet.
    – Heshy
    Commented Jul 21, 2019 at 10:49

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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
    Commented Jul 22, 2019 at 13:56

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