For When Jews Try and Restore the Monarchy – Write This Down

Ksav Sofer notes that the parsha that speaks of the appointment of a king the Torah uses the singular voice: “Asima alay melech…. Som tasim alecha melech…”   There is a din (O.C. 53:19) that when a congregation appoints a new chazzan, any single individual may object to the appointment (provided they can offer a legitimate reason for doing so).  There has to be no dissension with respect to the final choice.  So too, suggests the Ksav Sofer, when it comes to the appointment of a king, the people have to speak with unanimity, with one voice.  There can be no objections to the selection.

I wonder if this reflects the reality.  David haMelech was chased across the countryside by Shaul — it doesn’t seem that even he had the unanimous consent of the people, at least at the time of his appointment.

Excerpted from Divrei Chaim, here.

Why doesn’t this “reflect the reality”? Did anyone still have a “legitimate” objection against David?

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