Is It Better To Be Feared Than Loved?

A half dozen years ago we discussed the idea of Pinhas (and) Eliyahu’s unsuitability for leadership roles due to the incompatibility of zealousness with leadership. My friend M.W. recently pointed out to me that Rav Reuven Katz develops this idea further, asserting that zealotry is only acceptable as a הוראת שעה, not as a שיטה: […]

Zealotry Vs. Tolerance

For Wolf2191, a staunch advocate of tolerance and humaneness1 Several months ago, we discussed Rambam’s position that Ya’akov’s excessive fearfulness of the danger posed by Esav was a character flaw. This is actually but one item in a fascinating list of purported failings on the part of Biblical figures that Rambam adduces in support of […]