What To Do With Today’s Gedolim? Let The Talmud Tell Us

Are rabbis like trees? If so, when is it appropriate to ‘chop one down’ or cut a rabbi down to size? Steven I. Weiss has a talmudic quote from Ta’anit 7a that explains, in the name of Rabbi Yochanan:

…This is to create a parallel with the situation of a great scholar (”talmid chacham“). If it’s appropriate, you eat from it and do not cut it down, and if not, destroy it and cut it down.

I would think much of today’s Orthodox leadership, especially the haredi leadership, should be ‘kindling’ by now.

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8 responses to “What To Do With Today’s Gedolim? Let The Talmud Tell Us

  1. Anonymous

    Solicitation to murder now??? Are you crazy.

  2. YUGUY

    Its metaphorical kindling. Although it does border on solicitation.

  3. Of course it’s metaphorical; that’s why it’s written this way: ‘kindling”.

  4. Ben Qor'ha (Baldwin)

    BT Taanit folio 7 was last monday in daf yeuymi schedule!
    ‘sher keuyach!
    I was just reviewing myself in advance 10 & 11.
    wow, total lunacy.
    rule of the arbitrary!
    🙂

  5. Reminds me of Jefferson. http://www.quotedb.com/quotes/2074

    Who says the Founding Fathers and the Talmud are mutually exclusive?

  6. Anonymous

    Thats like saying “Terminate With Extreme Prejucice” means to fire someone based solely on the basis of race,color or creed all the above in one fell extreme swoop but know what the phrase really implies.

    And what happened to not cutting down fruit trees. Just cause you dont eat dosent authorize you to cut the tree down. Maybe somebody will need the tree for shade.

  7. It’s a TALMUDIC QUOTE. It means you should ignore them and what they say. Try follwong the links and reading.

  8. ed

    >I would think much of today’s Orthodox leadership, especially the haredi leadership, should be ‘kindling’ by now.

    If you would have attributed that to Hitler, I would of believed you.

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