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Section:  Avodah   Category: 48 Kinyanei Torah
Kinyan 19 Mi'ut Ta'anug - The Taz Sues His Father-in-Law the Bach Over A Good Piece of Meat
Rav Shmuel Berenbaum was fond of telling of the story how the Taz took his father-in-law the Bach to a Din Torah.  The Bach had promised had promised the Taz as part of his Nidunya that he would provide him with meat every day.  When the Bach lost his money instead of providing the Taz with a quality piece of meat which he could no longer afford, he provided him with the lung, which was far more inexpensive.  The Taz demanded a good piece of meat claiming that lung was not called "meat".

To help you understand who the Taz was, after fleeing the Cossack onslaught in which two of his sons were murdered, he lived in anonymity and poverty, earning a wage cleaning the Shul rather than revealing his identity although he was of advanced age and recognized throughout the Jewish world as a Gadol HaDor.

But he sued his own father-in-law for a good meat?  Mi'ut Ta'anug, a bit of pleasure says the Mishna.  How much?  As much as will help your body respond to your wishes to serve Hashem with every ounce of energy.  The Taz was not willing to forego the minimal amount of extra learning he would lose by giving up his meat for lung, even if it meant suing his own father-in-law.  And you could be sure the Bach was the proudest defendant to ever stand trial!

Pas BaMelech Tochal, a menu of bread and salt, say the Maharal MiPrague, should not stop you from learning Torah.  However if you have the resources, use them all.  Not to indulge your appetite but to enable yourself to learn more Torah.
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SB, Yerushalayim, 2009-07-27 03:08:01
To conclude the story: The Bach Won! The reason being that lung is considered meat. The Taz was content with the psak because it meant he would not be punished in shamayim for his inability to perform up to par, because he was limited in his diet. The Taz's Kavana was not for himself but rather for his father-in-law not to be punished for holding him back in his limud hatorah.

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