Thursday, July 14, 2005

Chazal and the social sciences

Dilbert at House of Hock explores whether Chazal could be mistaken about social science.

Someone in his comments points out that R. Yosef Ber Soleveitchik concluded that Chazal's social observations need not apply in other social settings when Kruschev denied in the UN that the USSR had missiles in Cuba. RYBS concluded after the US produced photos that milsa d-avidei l-giluyay lo m-shakrei inshei, people won't lie about something that will surely be revealed, is no longer true.

Someone once told me that Jewish women are beautiful (I agree!) but that its an objective fact rather than an opinion since R. Yishmael said that benos yisrael na'os hem.

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