Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Eilu v'Eilu for Me...None for you

Do we really believe eilu v'eilu? Or shivim panim l'Torah? Its rare for a UO to say that secular education might be a good idea for some. For chareidim in Meah Shearim to say that a kollel life isn't for everyone. Or for an MO to understand the paradigm of chassidus or charedism as being helpful for others.

The Talmud Yerushalimi, in Sanhedrin 22a, mentions that each issue has 49 arguments in favor and 49 against. That's just one of the many examples (another, whose location escapes me, discusses which Rav is more qualified for the Sanhedrin. The winner? The one who could point to more reasons that a tamei sheretz should be tahor) showing that things aren't as simple as they seem.

So? Do we really believe that there are multiple paths? Or do we only believe that multiple paths work when the path is ours?