Thursday, July 22, 2004

The Two Truths of Torah

Many prominent Modern Jewish Thinkers, most notably Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, in Torat Emet & Torah Chesed & RYBS in The Halakhic Mind, (but I have also heard a similar argument from Jeffery Woolf & David Weiss-HaLivni) have argued for a system of multiple truths within Torah.  Each truth can be derived using a different system of rules.  This allows one to maintain the integrity of Halakha while simultaneously being engaging in academia or lumdus or archaeology, etc.  Because Halakha comes to it's conclusions/truths, and the other discipline comes to its own conclusions/truths.

Now I am completely fine with this approach from the standpoint of legal theory or quantum mechanics.  However, where do we find this idea of multiple truths in Traditional Judaism or in the Talmud? 

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