Aggadah: Authoritative Or Umdena?

Freelance Kiruv Maniac (Dovid Kornreich) excerpts two series of passages from Rav Yitzhak Abohab’s beloved classic מנורת המאור; this one expressing the author’s views on “Chazal’s worldly wisdom and the authoritativeness of Aggada”, “[his assertion] that the Torah contains all the wisdom of the created world, and how it is heretical to scoff at the […]

Facing the Falsehoods Of History

I recently encountered a cryptic comment of Rav Ya’akov Emden, in the context of the Tosaphist discussion of the custom to date Gittin to the Creation, in apparent defiance of the Mishnaic / Talmud requirement to date from the reign of the local sovereign: מתני’ כתב לשום מלכות שאינה הוגנת לשום מלכות מדי לשום מלכות […]