Jewish Journal


July 30, 2007

Can someone tell me why our scholars aren’t as smart as the Jews?


Interesting post from a blogger in Singapore responding to the question “Can Someone Tell Me Why Our Scholars aren’t as smart as the Jews?”

After repeating the ‘smart Jew’ stereotype (which he calls ‘positive’) he gets to

The difference in Jewish History most likely comes from the demand on LITERACY placed upon the Jewish Community for the pride that was taken in being able to disseminate the Torah by the community. But while literacy does not necessarily make you smarter, on the whole it does make getting access to collected information easier, which is a huge asset when it comes to obtaining the right knowledge that society requires.

The Torah is the secret?

The medium is the message?

Na’aseh v’nishma?

—Dennis Wilen

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