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 18, 2006

Not To Be...?

Rather frustrating: it's been almost 10 years and Kenneth Branagh's four hour masterpiece ("Hamlet") has still not been released on DVD. Warner Bros has stated that the film should be released in November 2006, but they made this claim back in February of 2005 so I don't know whether or not it still holds up. What's more, as it appears to be part of a private correspondence, it's validity is pretty questionable.


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