Monday, May 23, 2005
History vs. Storytelling
Should history be looked at through rose-colored eyeglasses, skipping over misjudgments or foibles and merely reporting the positive achievements of Jewish leaders?
Yashar Books' Open Access Project has released an excerpt from Rabbi Nathan Kamenetsky’s foreword to his controversial biography of his illustrious father, Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetsky: The Making of a Godol. In this passage, Rabbi Kamenetsky discusses the issues involved in writing a biography and cites rabbinic precedents for his approach of completely honest history.
Available for download here.