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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Fantastic Quote Friday: Torah leadership edition

A recent interview with Rav Aharon Lichtenstein shlit”a - Rosh Yeshivat Har Etzion and one of the leading Torah giants of our generation - included the following, which IMHO seems to be an incredible refutation of the newfangled “Daas Torah” philosophy:

Interviewer: “You recently decried the trend of contemporary rabbinic authorities to isolate themselves from worldly affairs and general human wisdom. How much of a problem is this for religious life and for the Jewish people? How can the trend be reversed?”

Rav Lichtenstein שליט”א: “There is a lack of breadth and depth on the part of some in positions of leadership. Despite these limitations, some in the religious community turn to them for guidance in areas in which they lack the capacity to give wise advice. We probably cannot reverse this trend in the short term, but in the long term we should see to it that people receive a rich Torah education that is blended with an understanding of human nature and society. People with this broad education should be given a more prominent role as advisers and in making policy. Conversely, people who lack this educational and cultural breadth should recognize these limitations, as should those who turn to these leaders for guidance.”

Your thoughts?
(Please keep it civil. Thanks!)

!שבת שלום ומבורך

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