Window to a Different Spirit

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  1. dovid landesman says:

    “we met in Reb Chaim Oyzer a person who was closer to our level of life”

    Rav Carlebach description of Rav Chaom Oizer point to a facet of his {RCO} weltaunschaung that is hard to discern today. For lack of a better term I would refer it to as laissez faire gadlus – a reluctance to intervene or make pronouncements about hashkafot olam outside one’s purview. [Granted that this contention is not based on complete familiarty with Achiezer.] Is it permissible to contend that RCO saw himself as authoratative in his community, but felt that he did not have the right to rule on hashkafah questions forwarded from other lands with other values that could also be Torah true [how I hate that phrase]? Note how he would not rule on the questions forwarded to him by Rav Schwab [Germany] and Rav Mendelowitz [America] vis-avis chinuch.
    I find it significant that Rav Carlebach’s reaction after meeting with Rav Chaim Ozer and the Chafetz Chaim was not to abandon TIDE, but rather to emulate Rav Schwab and view the different derech as an articulation of eilu v’eilu. Wouldst that all of us could be so tolerant today – or as the reviewer of another book wrote: Why can’t we still ride our sleds together? I don’t think the distances between the camps in contemporary Orthodoxy are greater than those that separated Poland and Germany.
    Chaval al d’avdin …

  2. Baruch Pelta says:

    I was just browsing through the new The World That Was: Ashkenaz at the local Judaica shop. While I couldn’t give a definitive view of the volume with the brief skimming I did, I was impressed at least with the volume’s honest and respectful portrait of some of the gedolim within and particularly the Melamed Lehoiel (and discussing his support for the Zionists). While we involved in the J-blogosphere may often lament a state of affairs in which revisionism is so pervasive, it is refreshing to see such positive developments.

  3. michoel halberstam says:

    After much thought, I have concluded that we should announce that the Chasam Sofer’s oft quoted statement that “Chadash Osur Min Hatorah Bechol Mokom” clearly applies to changing historical facts, This is important because frequently people who would like to change history are not persuaded by the crude argument that doing this is a lie. Unless you offend a Shitah, it is irrelevant that you offend our ancestors and the communities in which they lived, not to mention the Ribbono Shel Olam. We should obviously try and understand what gedolim of previous generations did, and learn from them. We should certainly not misrepresent them because we think we are smarter than they were, or that our contemporaries are not sophisticated enough to understand the truth. We must impose some discipline on those who want to construct our own version of Brave New World

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