Do I Own My Own Torah Thoughts?

As I spend my days engaging with the sacred texts, I often jot down my insights.

This is just part of my communication with God and His Torah. It pains me to think that these private musings might be made public one day, perhaps after my death.

Do my Torah thoughts belong to me or do they belong all of Israel?

Dr. Marc B. Shapiro blogs (his first post in seven months!): "Even if it is true that the Chazon Ish never intended to publish his notes, is that any reason for them not to be printed? Didn’t the Netziv tell the Wuerzburger Rav’s son not to pay attention to his father’s wish that his writings not be published, since the Torah thoughts that he developed were not to be regarded as his personal possession to the extent that he could prevent others from studying what he wrote?[4] Furthermore, is there any evidence that the Chazon Ish was opposed to his criticism of R. Hayyim appearing in print?"

Nachum Lamm comments: I have to confess, I sometimes close my ears and/or eyes to certain people. It may be a bad middah of mine, but I tend to hold certain- not all, of course- traits as tainting the person as a whole. Please tell me R’ Gulevsky is a real mentch and that the attack mode is just how he writes.

About Luke Ford

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