Fear G-d, and Keep His Commandments: For This Is the Whole Duty Of Man

To CS, (almost) Esq. We recently noted Rav Yehezkel Landau’s rejection of logic as goyish; I encountered this in the course of responding to a challenge of Rav Herschel Schachter, related to me by my friend Menachem Butler, to investigate the censorship of Rav Landau’s comments on the Talmudic injunction against הגיון (see below) in […]

Logic is Goyish

When I was a schoolchild, a faction of my schoolfellows had a very disdainful and dismissive attitude toward secular culture and knowledge. This was exemplified by a notoriously glib remark of one of them that I reported to my parents, who did not know whether to laugh or cry: [outer] space is goyish As the […]

The Wayes Of the Lord Are Right, and the Just Shall Walke In Them

About three months ago, we discussed Rav Yosef Messas’s objections to various Kabbalistic formulae, particularly לשם יחוד. As noted there, he cites Rav Yehezkel Landau’s famous diatribe against the latter, containing his memorable anti-Hassidic gibe: אשר שאל בנוסח לשם יחוד אשר חדשים מקרוב נתפשט ונדפס בסידורים. הנה בזה אני משיב עד שאתה שואלני נוסח אמירתו […]