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Ignorance Is Not Bliss

Ignorance Is Not Bliss

Never be afraid to learn.


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August 18, 2007

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Visitor Comments: 13

(13) Sharon, November 12, 2007 10:13 PM

thanks for clearing that up

I'm always a little nervous to learn about things I don't think I'm ready to accept, but I appreciate your encouragement and acknowledgement that some things may be put on the "back burner" as you mentioned. Nice video. Thanks.

(12) augy, August 24, 2007 12:55 AM

4000000000000 percent agree

even we try died happy or died misarable like be

(11) Brenda Cohen, August 22, 2007 8:21 AM

I look so forward to hearing Lori Palatnik speak - who way of putting things, is so simple and yet so meaningful. Thank you Lori - I work all day so when I log on to my web site, I know that each day I will be able to "attend" classes which I would not under normal circumstances be able to listen so. I love listening to her inspirational classes.

(10) Yisroel Pollack, August 22, 2007 7:11 AM

Knowledge and More

Mrs. Palatnik,
Try as I may, I can find neither anything to add to nor anything to detract from the splendid, insightful message you have just conveyed (not to mention the way in which you have conveyed it). But because I am one for whom total reticence does not come easy, let me venture the following remark. The little anecdote you related shows that there is a difference between knowing 'about' Shabbos and knowing what Shabbos really means. The latter involves commitment. And even an accomplished rabbi who, hopefully, has learned quite a lot about Shabbos is still in danger of missing the mark if he wavers in his continual renewal of the Shabbos message in its full depth and breadth. There's more to proper practice than knowledge alone. May the A-lmighty help us to reach its heights. (PS: I admire the way you formally closed your recitation.)

Kal tuv,


(9) Jack Bonawitz, August 21, 2007 10:08 PM

Thomas Gray's actual quote

Actually, what the eighteenth-century English poet Thomas Gray said was, "Where ignorance is bliss, / 'Tis folly to be wise." What he meant was this: in SOME cases, knowing too much won't make us happy. The song "We Have No Secrets" by Carly Simon is an excellent example of this. Gray never meant to suggest that the stupidest people are the happiest people.

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