HUMILITY IS NOT LOW SELF-ESTEEM

May 28th, 2021

Rabbi Dunner explores the history of Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel, the two opposing academies of Jewish law dominating the closing years of the Second Temple Period. What were the characteristics of these two great schools? Why was the law decided in favor of Beit Hillel?

Rabbi Dunner folds in the startling assertion that Moses was the most humble person ever to walk the face of the earth, as found in Parshat Behaalotecha. How does this statement match up to the various narratives which contradict it?

A story involving Rabbi Yechezkel Abramsky (1886-1976), Senior Dayan at the London Beit Din, unlocks all of these paradoxes. The resolution is both conclusive and satisfying.

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