A Minority View

About three hundred years ago, the chief rabbi of the famed “Three Communities” in Germany (Altona, Hamburg, and Wandsbek) was the great Rabbi Yonatan Eibeschutz. Legend has it that when he was just three years old he was so famous for his wisdom that the king of Poland, being a bit bored and even more inquisitive, heard about him and decided he wanted to see the child prodigy for himself and put him to a royal test.

The king sent a message to little Yonatan’s father saying that he’d heard about the child’s wisdom, and was interested to see if he was smart enough to find his way, unassisted, from his home, several miles away, through the confusing streets of the city, to the royal palace.

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Original Ideas

Rabbi Yosef Caro (author of the Shulhan Aruch, 1488-1575), having emerged extremely difficult passage in his study of the Talmud. After many days and nights of work, he finally succeeded in understanding its importance.
At the next table in the classroom sat a man who would come every night for an hour or two of research.

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