A very on-high IQ

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

In his col­umn last week, David Aaronovitch ex­pressed his frus­tra­tion at “not be­ing able to get his head around” cer­tain prac­tices and be­liefs of the Ortho­dox.

It might be com­fort­ing for him to know that his frus­tra­tion is shared by some of the great­est minds in his­tory. Mai­monides ex­presses the same sen­ti­ment in The Laws of Re­pen­tance (5, 5).

No less a fig­ure than King Solomon — the wis­est of all men — com­plained that cer­tain Ortho­dox prac­tices were be­yond his ken (see Nidda 9a.)

In fact, it would be much more sur­pris­ing if Aaronovitch did fully un­der­stand every­thing the To­rah man­dates.

Such un­der­stand­ing would put his IQ on a par with God’s, which would be pretty im­pres­sive.

David Slade,



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