Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Great Regulars: When it says that he killed a lion in a pit

on a winter day, this means that he immersed himself in a freezing pool, to purify himself before studying Torah. Alternatively, it means that he studied an entire treatise on the Book of Leviticus on a single freezing day.

This remarkable transformation of Benaiah from a killer into a scholar raised two questions for me.

from Adam Kirsch: Tablet: Talmud's Warriors and Scholars


No comments :