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.

August 02, 2006



At 6:25 PM , Blogger Daniel said...

I don't know if you know, but you have a doppelganger: http://benavuyah.blogspot.com/

At 11:07 AM , Blogger Simon Holloway said...

I do know: he's good too, hey? Surprising that we both chose so similar titles and the same template... (Then again, you also went with this template. Maybe it's a sign of superior intelligence? You hear that, Sean?)


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