Audio Roundup 2020:21

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by Joel Rich

In a discussion of who has daat torah, I commented:
There’s a much more basic issue which is does any knowledge or exposure outside of ”pure Torah” pasul you or at least make your output more suspect The purists argue that this is in fact the case because you can never be sure where your results come from. They attacked Rambam strongly on this point
Others (me?) argue a broader base of knowledge and analytic tools makes it more likely that you’ll get the right answer.

I’ve always felt that those who cannot change, fundamentally suffer from a weakness of not being able to understand the good in a position that is contrary to their own;

And sometimes it’s their gaavah that keeps them from hearing anything but themselves. R M Rosensweig often says this is why we paskin Beit Hillel – they stated other’s views first (i.e. understood them) At work I tried to teach that we should be able to argue alternative viewpoints better than our own in order to be sure. Or at least as much as John Maynard Keynes said , “When facts change, I change my mind”

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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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