- Blind Acceptance
- Moshe Ben-Chaim
At first I bristled at your web-site, thinking it too rational.
I then read your piece on Ayin Harah and bristled again. "Harumph!"--
no onsideration for the soul, and the underbelly of the world.
So I decided to research the subject In Rav Dessler's work, since
he's a veritable master of hashkapha. And lo and behold, he agrees
with you. See Book 4, pp. 5-6.
Though I might pick on you once in the while, I offer you
a yasher koach in this instance.
All the best, xxxxxxxxx
Mesora: I do commend you
on researching prior to replying. However, do not offer me a
Yashar Koach. You have not proven to yourself that I am stating
I wonder, are you now enlightened by a new understanding of ayin
hara, or did you merely back off when this accepted Rav stated
something? You don't imply in your message that you learned something
new. So perhaps, had Rav Dessler not stated it, you would still
hold onto your previous belief. And what was that based on? How
did you arrive at that view? What would become, should you find
let's say, Ramban disagreeing with rav Dessler? How would you
decide what to believe?
- If it is due to your observation of Rav Dessler's view alone
that you back off from taking issue with my held view, this is
not how to learn, i.e., merely accepting matters because a great
rav holds them true. The Rishonim did not learn that way. They
argued fiercely with each other, and defended what their minds
saw as most reasonable. The Ramban did not accept the Rambam
due to his wealth of knowledge and reputation. Ramban learned
for himself. The Gra desired that his students argue with him,
not blindly accept his teachings. Our greatest minds became great
due to active analyzation, not through parroting leaders.
- I hope you investigate further to see WHY Rav Dessler said
what he did. Do not cease in your investigation until you see
one idea clearly true, and one false. I hope that your values
on this, and all other ideas stem from a conviction in your mind,
not a fear of opposing the others.