Wednesday, July 30, 2008



The Talmud records a novel legal theory proposed by R' Yochanan, and then notes that R' Yochanan himself, when presented with a case in which his theory would have resulted in a unique ruling, declined to apply his own, novel theory, and instead went with the norm.

As R' Yochanan asked rhetorically, "Because we imagine something to be so, shall we therefore act on it?"

The lesson: We would do well to be skeptical of our own theories...

(Talmud, Gittin 37a)

Have a good day,

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