Research Query: Source of Rashb"a Quotation about Elder Women

Jacob Adler's picture

Colleagues,

Can someone please direct me to the source of  the quotation from Rabbi Solomon ibn Adret (Rashb"a) to the effect that the traditions in the hands of the elder women of Israel are not to be rejected.

Thanks in advance.

Jacob Adler
University of Arkansas
Philosophy Department
<jadler@post.harvard.edu>

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For the inquiry of Prof. Jacob Adler for the source of the quotation from Rabbi Solomon ibn Adret (Rashb"a) to the effect that the traditions in the hands of the elder women of Israel are not to be rejected –
See Responsa Rashba, Vol. 1 Siman 9: "This is how we should rule in law. Whenever there is a tradition in the hands of the elders from our people [=in the original Hebrew: Kabbala beYad HaZekenim veHaZekenot MeAmenu: Tradition in the hands of the elder men and elder women of our people], we don't brush it aside unless it is proven to be impossible. Why should we disregard their tradition, when all of our traditions trace back generation to generation all the way to Moses or the prophets".
See:
https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/35674.14?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en

In addition: this statement was used quite often in order to prevent any change in the Minhagim – but actually it is not what the Rashba is talking here about; he simply says that Philosophical ideas are inferior to the way the tradition understands our beliefs as Jews. See for example: R. Efrayim Bilizer, Yad Efrayim, part 3 (Responsa), Tel Aviv 1970, Siman 39, pp. 220-221.

Admiel Kosman
Potsdam University