Comments for Torah Musings http://www.torahmusings.com Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:52:05 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Comment on A Matter of Pride by blubluh http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/10/matter-pride/#comment-84694 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:52:05 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37645#comment-84694 Kudos to Mr. White on analyzing an important issue in Jewish life today. But, this issue is neither new nor necessarily so neatly explained or addressed.

For example, the yearning for higher quality middos among those in yeshiva was a major dispute between Rabban Gamliel and Rabbi Eliezer ben Azaria whether to restrict admission to those deemed “tocho k’baro” or promote the learning among the masses.

The issue of respect of parents and teachers is also not surprising, as appalling as it may be (see Sota 49b).

Part of the explanation, as I see it, is that the older generation sacrificed itself to educate their children Jewishly, but in a sense did too good of a job. Children grew up knowing more than the parents, which belittled the parents in the eyes of the children. One can see a parallel phenomenon in the secular world regarding advancements in technology that children adapt to more readily than parents.

Even honor of our rabbis is undermined since anyone with fifth grade Hebrew
reading comprehension skills can open a Mishna Brura and answer most halachic questions that comes up. The need – and hence the respect – for the town or synagogue rav is thereby diminished.

Maybe, we and the yeshivos – cheder as well as yeshiva gevoha – need to shift our attention a bit to make certain that the mitzvah of kivod av v’em and the aveira of zilzul horim umorim are viewed as more than just academic.

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Comment on The Sin and Punishment of the Tower of Bavel by Holy Hyrax http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/10/sin-punishment-tower-bavel/#comment-84586 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:11:44 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37679#comment-84586 I’m sorry. I have to go with the pashtanim here. I see no unity for evil purposes in the story. We don’t really know what “making a name for ourselves mean” and given the punishment, it seems too obvious that the punishment is not for their pride and ego, but for their unwillingness to move with the divine plan, which was to scatter around. Even the common structure between Eden and the Tower demonstrates where God’s anger lies. All his anger at what the Babylonians are doing is DUE to them not being scattered around as they should.

I am also willing to accept the tower is made to mock the Babylonians way of reaching their gods, but being objective, what difference is it if you build a tower or a Temple?

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Comment on The Sin and Punishment of the Tower of Bavel by LI Reader http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/10/sin-punishment-tower-bavel/#comment-84584 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:52:03 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37679#comment-84584 Benno Jacob adds to Cassuto’s interpretation of the story as satire, and he suggests that the whole tone of the story is humor and laughter!

E.g., no matter how high into the sky the people tried to reach, God still had to go way down to them…

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Comment on Daily Reyd by Moshe Shoshan http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/10/daily-reyd-257/#comment-84566 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:49:18 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37677#comment-84566 Gil,
Are Chabad meshichist ads “Religiously offensive”? What about ads from various kiruv organizations that many people dont approve of?
Indeed virtualy any ad promoting a chareidi organization is offensive to many in Israel.

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Comment on Daily Reyd by joel rich http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/10/daily-reyd-257/#comment-84534 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:31:21 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37677#comment-84534 I’d suggest understanding this issue in the context of game theory:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit_for_tat
An agent using this strategy will first cooperate, then subsequently replicate an opponent’s previous action. If the opponent previously was cooperative, the agent is cooperative. If not, the agent is not. If one does not appear sensitive to his neighbor’s concerns, they should not expect (rationally) the neighbor to be sensitive to theirs.

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Comment on Daily Reyd by Moshe Shoshan http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/10/daily-reyd-257/#comment-84501 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:35:05 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37677#comment-84501 I really dont think you get it. The chareidi world here has used to the claim of “sensitivities” in an effort to control the public square. Its a form of totalitarianism, and I dont use the term lightly.

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Comment on Daily Reyd by Gil Student http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/10/daily-reyd-257/#comment-84445 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:59:38 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37677#comment-84445 To take an extreme example (while understanding that there are clear differences), I would also consider it religiously insensitive to place ads on buses in Jerusalem saying that Jesus is God.

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Comment on Daily Reyd by Moshe Shoshan http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/10/daily-reyd-257/#comment-84437 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:37:42 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37677#comment-84437 I am sorry, but people promoting their political and religious point of view is not “religious insensitivity.” It’s called democracy. The problem is that chareidim in Israel reject democracy. Living in a city run by charedim , I find that much more threatening to me, the state and Yiddishkeit than some women reading from the Torah at the kotel.

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Comment on Daily Reyd by Joseph Kaplan http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/10/daily-reyd-257/#comment-84434 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:59:50 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37677#comment-84434 Why is expressing your religious (or political or ideological or scientific etc.) beliefs in an ad insensitive to those who disagree with those beliefs?

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Comment on Daily Reyd by Gil Student http://www.torahmusings.com/2014/10/daily-reyd-257/#comment-84414 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:59:59 +0000 http://www.torahmusings.com/?p=37677#comment-84414 My point is that these are religiously insensitive ads. That should not be taken to mean that I condone vandalism.

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