The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 15 December 2007 / 6 Tevet 5768

When Skepticism Pays

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll
When people read stories like those which appear in this column or hear wondrous tales they cannot be faulted for entertaining some doubt about the veracity of the story.

Once upon hearing a truly marvelous story about a renowned individual the great Rosh Hayeshiva of the Ponevez Yeshiva, Rav Eliezer Shach, showed that he did not fully believe it. When asked to explain his reluctance to believe the story this Torah giant said:

"I fully believe only in those things that I am required by the Torah to believe. Why? Because when I reach Heaven and ask to be rewarded for my faith in G-d, I don't want to be told that I can't get credit for that because I believed everything else."

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