Audio Roundup 2023:38

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by Joel Rich

From the testimony of R. Sheshet ha-Nasi of Saragossa concerning The Mishneh Torah of Maimonides:
Before the Mishneh Torah reached [the lands of] Castile, study of Jewish law, especially of the Talmud, was beyond the grasp of Castilian Jews, for wisdom is too lofty for the ignoramus’ (Proverbs24:7). The local judge had exclusive jurisdiction: he would rule as he pleased, unchallenged, for no one else knew the twists and turns of the law, and all were therefore dependent on him. But when they beheld the fourteen books of the Mishneh Torah, and all who knew Hebrew studied them … their eyes opened up … and today there are many who understood their words, so that when they hear claims of the litigants and the decision of the judge, they proceed to investigate them themselves.

Me-Sounds like google/LLM’s. What do you think?

I came across this new book and was trying to decide what it implies about our community.

Your thoughts?

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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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