Divrei ben Abuya

In the Babylonian Talmud, Elisha ben Abuya was a great sage who lost his faith in God. So great was he that his and subsequent generations continued learning from him - to the extent that the authors of the Talmud needed to create a story that would serve to legitimise his teachings despite his apostasy. His lesson is a lesson for us all: that great stature is not contingent upon blind faith, nor high learning upon the observation of Torah precepts.

May 17, 2006

I found a wonderful critique of textual criticism over here.

Also, an excellent overview of the history of Lubavitch messianism (from the perspective of an anti-meshichist) can be found here.

And this is still my favourite clip:

There we go! How's that for an eclectic post?


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