[Avodah] Rabbi not answering a question

Micha Berger micha at aishdas.org
Tue Jun 7 12:20:17 PDT 2022

On Fri, Mar 11, 2022 at 06:19:29AM -0500, Akiva Miller via Avodah wrote:
> I too wonder why someone would withhold knowledge of the Ratzon Hashem from
> someone who came seeking it. Ideally, this question should be posed to the
> person who made that statement, not to us.

On Qiddushin 40b, R Tarfon says that ma'aseh gadol (greater than Talmud).
R Aqiva said that talmud gadol. The zeqeinim who were mesubin in Natzah's
attic in Lud, where these statements were made, sided with R Aqiva reasoning
    Talmud gadol,
    shehatalmud meivi liydei maaseh.

The implication I would take would be that if the talmud wuold get in
the way of maaseh, maaseh would trump it.

Or, in other words, the experiential knowledge one gets of Ratzon Hashem
by following it is more valuable than the intellectual knowledge of
studying it.

Because a good pianist isn't one who read every book on fingering and
the other skills, but someone who actually practices it. Muscle memory
and learned emotional patterns are more critical to vehalakhta bidrakhav
than abstract knowledge of it is.

Tir'u baTov!

Micha Berger                 Never must we think that the Jewish element
http://www.aishdas.org/asp   in us could exist without the human element
Author: Widen Your Tent      or vice versa.
- https://amzn.to/2JRxnDF                   - Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch

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