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Updated: 2013-06-25T09:05:38.343-04:00


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Dbl what Tzvi said, just to addL

Do you know that if you don't ask questions you are basically abandoning the core of the Jewish tradition?

The fact is, some questions will just never be ans...


The fact is, some questions will just never be answered. That does not change the point though. There is no such thing as a bad question.

Questions are not important in that they lead us to answers, but that they lead to introspection. If you never asked the question it means you never thought about the topic, or never thought it was worth discussing.

If you are involved in an activity but have no reason for, or knowledge of, why you are doing it, then you never really accomplished anything. There is never any purpose to being a sheep. Maybe the questions are hard, maybe they have no answers, but if you are coming from a position of true wonderment and intellectual curiosity then the introspection is the truest form of hishtadlus.

Its very easy to have emunah when it is driven into you, but where is the test there? If there was any real definition of emunah, it would be faith DESPITE certain rational doubts. It would be an emunah that you came to terms with on a personal basis. And if the issue is not one of faith, but of potentially unanswerable questions regarding society or such, then the discourse may at least lead to a better understanding of views that are contrary to your own. Or perhaps even slight gains that may not be complete answers.

Questions are always worth asking. Heck, the fact that they can make you uncomfortable is the clearest indicator that you are asking the right questions in the first place.