Friday, 9 September 2011

Reacting to Critics - Silence vs. Response

The Maharal expressed confidence in the Torah and saw no need to be defensive

«... Thus the ancient sages, even when they found things in books which were against their religion they didn't simply reject them. The intellect requires that one not react to criticism – especially concerning religion – by simply silencing the opponent. One needs to keep in mind that what is published in a book is typically for the sake of knowledge and is not meant to destroy. Therefore don't reject and block out criticism. We do not find that in previous ages that people prevented and rejected discussion of religious issues at all ..»

Daas Torah - Issues of Jewish Identity: Maharal: A healthy religion doesn't silence critics but answers them


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