Sunday, May 26, 2013

48 Ways: #45 - Answering


Pirkei Avot 6:5 teaches that Torah is acquired in 48 ways, which it lists for us. The forty-fifth of the 48 is meishiv, that one responds to questions.

Answering questions is a critical part of the learning process. It is possible to study and raise questions and then not answer them, instead moving on to the next topic. Such learning is sometimes euphemistically termed bekius, but the term shitchi (superficial) is generally more appropriate. Approaching our questions, and those of others, as serious and worthy of analysis is an important step in growing in our studies.

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