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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The One Who Does Not Know to Ask

The Sfas Emet saith:

This is not an ignoramous.
This is not a little child.

This the guy who has a question and doesn't ask.

So we teach him how to.


  • I typed something really dumb and deleted it. There are always those of us who sit and listen and never ask. I tend to be one of those people. And I miss out on a lot of knowledge.

    By Blogger Eshet Chayil, at 12:19 PM, April 05, 2006  

  • Seems to me these days "they" don't want us asking anything. Its better to be sheep, do you agree?

    By Blogger FrumGirl, at 2:19 PM, April 05, 2006  

  • I have to say...I'm like Eshet...
    I never asked anything in class...I truly missed out

    By Blogger David_on_the_Lake, at 9:15 PM, April 05, 2006  

  • So he's in fact the closest to the Chacham?

    By Blogger Pragmatician, at 4:22 AM, April 06, 2006  

  • lo habayshan lomaid.

    one of the reasons that the seder and the hagada is in question/answer form is to promote interest and learning.

    Unfortunately, I have to agree with frumgirl, nowadays it seems like teachers would rather not be asked.

    By Blogger A Frum Idealist, at 10:25 AM, April 06, 2006  

  • It's does seem that teachers don't want us to ask anymore but I think it has more to do with a lack of patience than anything else.

    By Blogger ayala, at 11:03 AM, April 06, 2006  

  • Many people with FFB upbringing and education seem to have the experience of being discouraged from asking questions. In the book _Off the Derech_ this is mentioned as one of the things that turn kids off being frum. As a veteran BT (35 yrs)I can say that my exposure to this dubious phenomenon almost turned me off before I ever got started. Fortunately the Torah was more powerful than the stupidity of some of its representatives. The Torah is about asking questions. Period. Rav Shach zt"l used to say "When you ask a question, you open a door. When you give an answer, you close the door."

    By Anonymous Yehoshua Friedman, at 2:55 PM, April 17, 2006  

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