How to Disagree – My Exchange with Dr. Marc Shapiro

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6 Responses

  1. micha berger says:

    I think at this point more positive could be done explaining how to do Mod-O (or O in general) right. One could make the very same points you are making now, but instead of “it’s wrong to do X” explain the beauty of doing Y.

    For example, one of the most effective rebuttals of Document Hypothesis doesn’t mention it at all. Rabbi JB Solveitchik must have known he was addressing the same issues the Bible Critics cite to argue that Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 had different authors from different schools of thought. But he doesn’t point that out. Instead, he gives an explanation that is so poetic and so compelling, it draws one toward traditional Yahadus and leaves one untroubled by the questions the critic raises.

    Likes and comments just measure how much a post satisfy the choir’s need for validation, or the opposition’s need to have a fun debate. I am not sure those are effective measures of minds changed. Given R/Dr M Shapiro’s post, it seems the attack approach is doing more to give them a communal identity than actually solving the problem.

  2. lacosta says:

    the relevant question to ask , in response to r micha , and frankly all the critics is— do the protests make any difference , is anyone in the pews in hinterland, usa  thinking about any of these issues , or against most of the classical MO positions?   is it just  RWMO  leadership showing their haredi counterparts that they too are sometimes willing to say ‘ad kan’ ?

  3. Dave says:

    Thank you and yasher koach R Gordimer for you efforts in exposing OO and handling this matter so well, you are a beacon and a model of character.

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