During the month of August, we ran the following poll:
The Key to Maintaining the Tradition
In a stark contrast between fundamentalists and traditionalists, let's visualize the following four scenarios:
Scenario 1: A man is trapped by himself on a desert island. A set of Shas is a parachuted down to him. A Bat Qol rings out - study this and do this!
Scenario 2: A young boy or girl is raised by a warm Jewish family. All of the Jewish life cycle is sincerely observed in the home- but the child gets zero booklearning. It's all handed done by tradition, mimeticism, rote, imitation.
Scenario 3: An orphan is raised by a Jewish Community. While there are no loving parents around, the orphan is inducted into a society to learn Judaism by osmosis without any book learning. Questions are answered but no reading takes place.
Scenario 4: An orphan enters into a Rebbi - Talmid relationship, similar to the classic model of master-apprentice. This would be shimush without texts.
In your opinion, which of these three scenarios would most likely produce the "best Jew?"
Scenario 1 - 04.5%
Scenario 2 - 40.0%
Scenario 3 - 04.5%
Scenario 4 - 51.0%