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 28, 2006


This is a fantastic article by Rabbi Gil Student, defending the belief in the immutability of the Torah.
This is another fantastic article, this one by Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo, presenting a history of textual criticism and indicating its many flaws.


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