I never attended a single lecture of his. I was never a member of any of the many institutions he ran. I never even met him in person. Nonetheless, I consider myself a student of the...Read More
General Studies Curriculum Director
Junior High Boys Division
Hebrew Academy of Cleveland
Daniella Botnick says faith means having the courage to ask questions and wrestling with doubt.
אֵין בּוּר יְרֵא חֵטְא, וְלֹא עַם הָאָרֶץ חָסִיד, וְלֹא הַבַּיְשָׁן לָמֵד, וְלֹא הַקַּפְּדָן מְלַמֵּד
משנה אבות ב׳:ה׳
A brute is not sin-fearing, nor is an ignorant person pious; nor can a person who is ashamed learn, nor can an impatient person teach.
-Pirkei Avot 2:5
וַאֲדַבְּרָ֣ה בְ֭עֵדֹתֶיךָ נֶ֥גֶד מְלָכִ֗ים וְלֹ֣א אֵבֽוֹשׁ׃
I will speak of Your decrees (Torah),
and not be ashamed in the presence of kings.
If you desire to learn, do not say of what you do not understand, ‘I understand it’. If you are asked a question about something in which you are not well versed do not be ashamed to say, ‘I do not know’. If you are taught something and you do not understand it, be not ashamed to say, ‘I do not understand it’.