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    • Lion
    • 20.10.10 | 21:00 (IST)

    Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef's comment and his other comments are not signs of a demented mind, but rather the product of a certain kind of education in which rabbinic tradition is presumed to contain all truth, wisdom and knowledge, while ignoring anything beyond that rabbinic library and unable to consider the historical context of statements and views found in texts of past centuries. The same 'sage', for example, recently referred to the study of history as "nonsense". He will accept any passage from a traditional text as authoritative with no recognition of the fact that such a passage reflects views of a certain time for certain understandable reasons and are irrelevant in terms of a contemporary perspective. He probably based his statement upon comments of Maimonides on the nature of the Days of the Messiah in which the twelfth-century codifier negated supernatural phenomena associated with messianic hopes, but described that time-to-come as one in which, in addition to Jewish independence of foreign rule, others would do all our practical work, allowing Jews the opportunity to devote themselves to study. Such a statement, like many others, must be seen in their historical context and not taken seriously or authoritative in themselves. Ovadiah Yosef's statement is symptomatic of the educational system that produced him, one totally oblivious to the world beyond the texts it deems hallowed and oblivious to any sense of history, past and present.

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