The effect of bias and indulgence on Torah learning

Shiur #60 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Review of the main parts of the Teshuvas Meishiv Davar studied last shiur. Discussion of biases and conflicts of interest and their affect on one’s ability to judge objectively. Quoting Torah versus interpreting Torah, both with ulterior motives. Warped values can cause the most gross errors in conduct. Discussion of the special level of ‘keser Torah.’ The danger that indulgence presents to the attainment and maintenance of Torah knowledge.

Citations: The following sources are referenced in this shiur: Kli Yakar, Shemos 25:31, found in the source packets on page 1, Akeidas Yitzchak, sha’ar 67, found in the source packets on page 1-2, and Rambam Hilchos Talmud Torah 3:6,12, found in the source packets on page 2.

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