Thursday, August 24, 2006

Being Simple by Rabbi Shimon Posner

In this essay he writes, "So I dare say the Baal Shem Tov would have had no interest in a conscious simplism. I have heard stories of how his successors did not."

Does anyone know what he means by this?


At August 24, 2006 at 8:47:00 AM EDT, Blogger yitz said...

I think he is referring back to what he wrote here:
The simple faith of a sophisticated man has more dimension and a richer texture. A faith that began simple before the intellect kicked in, held onto while the intellect kicked and emerged simple after the tension abated. A simplicity above complexity and permeating the complexity. Because to ignore the complexity is simply simplistic.
Regarding the talmidim, I'm not sure to whom he is referring.

At August 24, 2006 at 8:51:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

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At August 24, 2006 at 8:52:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Yeah...the talmidim question is what I was referring to. I was wondering if it was a dig at "non-intellectual" forms of Chassidus other than the intellectual focus of Chabad.

At August 24, 2006 at 12:42:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not even sure what the author is trying to say. All chasidim are aspired to tmimus, so I don't understand what he says about Baal Shem Tov or his talmidim.

The word "simple" in a narrow translation of tomim, and it cuts off part of the meaning. Tmimus means more than that, so lets stick to the original. Tmimus denotes shleymus, absense of lack and pegam. Ultimate simplicity is achdus, so we have to say that Hashem is ultimatly Simple! Tmimus also denotes earnestnees and truthfullness. It denotes purity. You see already what it is about, so author's remarks are hard to understand, because he departs from real meaning of tmimus.

At August 24, 2006 at 1:48:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really don't know what the author means here - does he go on to explain?

At August 24, 2006 at 2:01:00 PM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

A Yid: I agree!

Chabakuk Elisha: No, he doesn't.


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