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by Joel Rich

“Does the fact that, from the perspective of eternity, our lives look small and insignificant mean that our lives are meaningless?” (“What Is This Thing Called Ethics” – Christopher Bennett, Second Edition – which is an excellent summary/primer for anyone interested in seriously, analytically thinking about ethics). This is the question that I try to understand from a non-believers viewpoint. The best answer I’ve gotten to date is, “Joel, you think too much. Most people don’t think, they just do.”
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My take on R’Dessler’s theory (as reported) that there are necessary casualties in the kollel system to produce a gadol
( in the words of col Jessup)

Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives

So when related to the recent issues of Klal Perspectives the statement is made:”Baalabatim are frustrated because they set goals in their twenties and then life happened.”, my thought is– True, but can we say something about the role of yeshivas and rosh yeshivas in how those initial goals were formulated?

Please direct any informal comments to [email protected].

About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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