Saturday, May 7, 2022

Blemished Gedolim

there is an issue of how to relate to gedolim who have done something problematic

Adam was a heretic

Avraham questioned G-d's judgment as did Avraham and Moshe

Yitzchok was not a good father or husband

Korach lead a rebellion against Moshe

The spies made an incorrect report

Miriam spoke lashon harah

Dovid was suspected of adultery

Rabbi Akiva supported a false messiah

Elisha ben Aubya was a heretic

Shabtzai Tzvi was a false messiah

Baal Shem Tov was viewed as a heretic

Rav Eybshuetz was considered by many to follow Shabtzai Tzvi

Rav Soloveitchik supported YU

Lubavitcher Rebbe was attacked for his messianic ideas

Rav Kook was too sympathetic to Zionism

Rabbi Goren had the Langer case

There are many more examples. The question is do you ignore the shortcomings?

It seems that happens sometimes while other cases the person is considered persona non grata.

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