Who’s Who: R. Meir. Including the differences of interpretive approach by R. Yishmael and R. Akiva, and we we don’t always pasken halakhah according to R. Meir. Also: Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel – long-term disagreements between them, where both sides are treated as legitimate views, and the halakhah is according to Beit Hillel (who actually taught the Torah of Beit Shammai before presenting their own view). Lo and behold, that humility is essential to one in the midst of machloket. Indeed, one who seeks greatness, it will elude that person, and the one who flees from greatness will be pursued by it. Likewise, one who learns patience in the present moment will find the moment to be most effective. Plus: The debate whether it is better or not that God created humanity, and what we can do with our time, once we’re here.
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