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An open culture of learning does not automatically lead to relativism
In the Jewish tradition study and knowledge has always been seen as open to all, regardless of socioeconomic status or lineage. But where is the line between intellectual openness and anarchy, between interpretive licence and relativism?
What is the issue with consuming from the Tree of Knowledge? Isn’t knowledge a good thing? Exploring the fundamental underpinnings of the controversy from various perspectives, from the classical to the Chassidic, leads us to some surprisingly powerful re...
Torah knowledge is not measured merely by the academic wisdom one acquires, but by the way it transforms the person’s life.
Historically, Jews treated their wisdom in a vastly different way from other nations. In Egypt, for example, knowledge and scientific progress were the exclusive domain of an intellectual elite. The masses obeyed them with blind action. By contrast, immed...
A deeper reading into the Torah narrative of Moses at the burning bush sheds light on his special character.
Children are naturally curious and ask questions. Discover how the four types of children at the Seder conveys the importance of helping our kids express they’re natural wonder.
Mishnah 5:7 “Seven qualities that bring us to the acquisition of truth…” The layout of the Mishnah teaches us that framing things in the positive is better than focusing on what is wrong. It then continues to teach us a progression of seven ideas that hel...
Learning Pirkei Avot on Five Levels
Ben Zoma would say: Who is wise? One who learns from every man. Who is strong? One who overpowers his inclinations. Who is rich? One who is satisfied with his lot. Who is honorable? One who honors his fellows. (Ethics of Our Fathers ch.4:1)
In ancient Egypt, the study of wisdom was limited to an intellectual elite – the sorcerers and astrologers. Ordinary people had no independent access to wisdom. When the Jews left Egypt, however, G-d commanded them to journey to Sinai and receive the Tora...
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