Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Better to have a Sharp Mind or a Powerful Memory?


"Even if one is sharp and extremely talented in logical analysis, and one increases his wisdom as a result of his logical analysis, it is still better to be a limed cistern [which does not leak, ie forget].

"As the gemara says at the end of Horiyyot, when we compare Sinai and an Uprooter of Mountains, it is better to be Sinai, as this person is; everyone needs the person who has a lot of wheat [meaning, broad knowledge of texts]."

(Machzor Vitry 425 on Pirkei Avot 2:8)

Have a great day,

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