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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Daas Torah II, or The Danger of Crying Wolf

Another interesting and thoughtful take on Daas Torah - accepting authority of Daas Torah but cognizant of the self-limiting nature of mass production prohibitions - appears here.

The posting has one vignette of a chareidi talmud chacham who after a 'kol korah' against radio was asked if he still had a radio.
He shrugged embarassedly.

While 'v'yaaminu b'Hashem v'b'Moshe ovdo' would seem to indicate acceptance of Daas Torah, the many statements of Gedolim of previous generations on the many paths to Hashem would seem to be contrainidicated by the 'my way or the highway' message we are getting today.

Targum Yonasan in Yisro (chapter 20 posuk 15) states that each person heard an individual and separate voice on Har Sinai to indicate there are individual paths to Hashem - not a cookie cutter approach which ultimately results in undermining the authority of the Gedolim.

While there is definitely an appropriate place for prohibitions, there is no justification for using these in a manner which stifles individuality. One person's avoda is to closet himself from the world. Another's is to gather and use knowledge for higher purposes.

Today, knowledge is found right here, on the internet.
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