The Basis of Our Mesorah: Parents Worthy of Trust

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  1. mycroft says:

    “It follows from the Ramban that any time a parent says anything with even a tinge of falsehood or deception to his or her child, the negative impact is cosmic. For if a parent does so, he or she has thereby undercut in his or her child’s mind the chazaka that a parent will not witness falsely to his child and thus the entire basis upon which our mesorah from generation to generation is based.”
    Let me paraphrase:
    It follows that any time a Rav says anything with even a tinge of falsehood or deception to anyone, the negative impact is cosmic. For if a has done so, he or she has thereby undercut in the community’s mind the chazaka that a Rav should not witness falsely to his community and thus the entire basis upon which our mesorah from generation to generation is based.

    Thus anytime there is Revisionism about what a gadol said or stating false positive facts about a gadol will undercut the communities belief in mesorah.

  2. Bob Miller says:

    Mycroft (July 11, 2015 at 11:55 pm) makes an excellent point. Gedolim are not to be abused by our distortion or invention for any reason. That includes misusing their names to boost some cause. That also includes badgering them or misleading them deliberately about a matter under discussion to get some result we desire.

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