Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Great Regulars: One thing is clear: No matter how

hard life is, its hardness doesn't excuse us from following the law. There is something almost existentialist about this worldview. We are thrown into a world of death and suffering, yet we must choose to do what we know is right.

You might think that, having delivered themselves of such a cosmic judgment, the rabbis would stop to reflect on it for a while. But no; in the next sentence, we are back to the question of how wide a legally valid crossbeam must be. The concrete and the specific are more important to the Talmud than philosophical ruminations, and there is perhaps a kind of solace in this.

from Adam Kirsch: Tablet: Are Truffles Food?


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