Sunday, October 31, 2021

Rabbi Miller on knowledge of secular subjects


Why do you oppose the study of secular subjects? Didn’t the Vilna Gaon study secular subjects?


I didn’t mention secular subjects at all tonight. I did not mention it at all, so I’m innocent. However, on the question of secular subjects, there’s no question at all that knowledge of secular subjects comes in handy. No question at all; very handy. The problem however is where to get it from; that’s something else.

Rabbi Avigdor Miller, TAPE # 60

Monday, October 25, 2021


The Machpeilah Cave is the burial site of Adam and Eve, the first human beings; as such, it originally belonged to all humanity. In purchasing it, Abraham articulated G‑d’s intention that the mission originally given to humanity as a whole now be passed on to the Jewish people. By accepting this task, the Jewish people were fundamentally separating themselves from the rest of humanity and assuming the role of its mentors. It is our challenge to recognize this destiny today, as well. (Lubavitcher Rebbe, Daily Wisdom, Chayei Sara, First Reading)