Speaker: Rabbi Zvi Aryeh Rosenfeld z”l.
00:00 – Although usually the Torah advises not getting involved in controversy, there are some disputes that we should enter to defend the truth. The dispute about the righteousness of Dovid HaMelech (King David) is an example of a controversy we are obligated to enter to uphold the testaments of the Torah sages that his intentions and deeds with regard to Batsheva were pure.
01:37 – Everything in the Torah She’Be’Csav (Written Torah) has 4 dimensions: Pshat (literal), Remez (hint, allusion), Drush (deeper explanation), and Soad (secret). The initial letters of these four dimensions spell “PaRDeS” (orchard, paradise).
02:33 – The account of Dovid HaMelech and Batsheva on a literal level.
17:14 – The account of Dovid HaMelech and Batsheva according to the understanding of sages in the Talmud.
19:07 – The rebuke of Nasan HaNavi (Nathan the Prophet) – deeper implications.
21:48 – Shabbos 56a: Uriah divorced his wife Batsheva before going into battle.
25:20 – Shabbos 56a: Uria committed two acts of rebellion against the king for which he incurred the death penalty.
27:32 – Sanhedrin 107a.
35:55 – Avoda Zara 4b-5a and the Zohar – Rabi Shimon Bar Yochai’s defense of Dovid HaMelech in the incident of Batsheva assures every Jew that Hashem can forgive no matter how far a person has fallen.