Sunday, August 30, 2009

Rebuke your rabbi


Preface: The Torah says (Vayyikra 19), “הוכח תוכיח You shall rebuke, you shall rebuke.”

“One of the sages asked Rava, “Shall we interpret that to mean, 'You shall rebuke' – once, 'You shall rebuke' – even twice?

“Rava replied, “The first 'You shall rebuke' means even one hundred times.

“The second 'You shall rebuke' teaches me: I might have thought that only a mentor should rebuke his student; how would I know that a student should rebuke his mentor? Therefore the Torah says, 'You shall rebuke, you shall rebuke' – In any situation.”

(Talmud, Bava Metzia 31a)

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