[Avodah] Should Artscroll Be Worried?

Micha Berger micha at aishdas.org
Mon Aug 9 11:18:37 PDT 2021

On Sun, Aug 01, 2021 at 02:43:15PM +0000, Prof. L. Levine via Avodah wrote:
> However, when Mashiach comes, the Shas and other printed sefarim will
> be relegated to the museums, and the original - and ideal - system of
> learning Torah Shebe'al Peh orally will be reinstituted. For now, Torah
> learning from written sefarim is only a temporary measure, a "marker," to
> stay the course, and keep us familiar with the Torah, until bi'as HaMashiach,
> when the ideal way of learning be'al peh, orally, will be reinstituted.

Whereas I imagined the reverse...

I imagine the next Sanherin will figure out a set of gezeiros and repeals
of existing gezeiros so that I can have access to a full library on my
e-reader and yet still not drown the sanctity of Shabbos in a deluge of
"social media" and other mindless web surfing.

As I said, the reverse -- enabling MORE access to texts, not less.

I always thought of the distinction as being more about the formal textual
vs the discursive forms of tradition than about physical print vs. memory.
Is learning Mishnayos by people repeating it all that different than
hitting a book? Or is it whether halakhah is formalized into the text
of the mishnayos altogether?

The ideal way to learn TSBP is dialectical, yes. Codification would
definitely be deprecated in the messianic era. But as Marty Bluke wrote,
given the sheer amount of halachic discourse we have accumulated between
now and then, how could we replace all that with memorization?

All of the Shaagos Aryeh would be only available to friends of people
with edietic memory? The Qetzos? The Chida? We are going to just throw
away millennia of chiddushim???

Chodesh Tov!
Tir'u baTov!

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