Saturday, April 13, 2013

48 Ways: #12 - Heated debate


Pirkei Avot 6:5 teaches that Torah is acquired in 48 ways, which it lists for us. The twelfth of the 48 is pilpul hatalmidim, heated debate.

Rabbeinu Bechayye contends that the term pilpul comes from the noun pilpel, pepper. The heat of students' drive to question and challenge generates new insights, as it pushes our intellects further. We will succeed in our studies when they are driven by this great internal heat.

Have a great day,

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