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Jewish Wisdom vs. Secular Knowledge
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Q. What does Judaism say about our culture’s tendency to make heroes out public intellectuals? A. Last week we discussed the popular tendency to idolize performers. Based on a discussion in the Talmud, we concluded that there is a fine line between idolization and idolatry. The sages of the Talmud had a very suspicious attitude […]
Tzarich Iyun: Duchening
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Misconception: During duchening (when the Kohanim bless the congregation), one should not look at the Kohanim mainly because it can lead to losing one’s vision. Ways to avoid this include covering oneself with a tallit or turning around and facing sideways or backwards. Fact: According to most opinions, nowadays, one should not look at the […]