Tuesday, June 15, 2004

The Sources of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein shlita

If one spends enough time listening and learning the thought of RAL one realizes that he has only five maareh mekomot for his machshavah (Jewish philosophy). They are:

1) Halakhah/Gemara
2) Rambam (Maimonides)
3) Ramban (Nachmanides)
4) 19th Cen. English Literature
5) The Rav (Rabbi Dr. Joseph B. Soloveitchik)

Now RAL is clearly a Gadol & a Talmid Chacham and with his brilliance & intellectual agility, we is able to do much with these five sources.

The problem is that this leaves out (among other Baalei Machshavah) the Maharal, Ralbag, Abarbanel, Ramchal, Zohar, Midrash, Levinas, Chassidus, Mussar, Misnagdus, Kabbalah, Mabit, Tzfat, etc.

There is virtually impossible that this cannot limit one's machshavah.

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