Monday, November 22, 2010

A generation and its leader


"R’ Yehudah Nesiah and the Sages debated whether the generation matches the leader or the leader matches the generation.

"As far as what? If you are discussing their spiritual level, meaning that one says that if the generation is good then the leader will be good, and the other says that if the leader is good then the generation will be good, then what about Tzidkiyah, who was good in a bad generation? And what about Yehoyakim, who was bad in a good generation?... Rather, it’s about harsh and gentle styles."

(Talmud, Arachin 17a)

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