In your response to Annelise you accuse me of “claiming to have a higher level of samchus (authority) over Tzachi.” In your response to me you tell me that I am supposed to be the “real rabbi.” (These responses are found in the comment section on this blog.)
Yehezqel, at what point in my critique of Shapira do I invoke “authority”? Please point out to me where in my critique of Shapira do I attempt to bolster my credibility by calling myself a rabbi?
It is Shapira who is claiming authority as a “Jewish insider” with “encyclopedic knowledge” and who is pulling the wool over the eyes of people who cannot read the texts that he is quoting.
All I am doing is exposing his incompetence to the public who cannot read Hebrew. I do not need to be a rabbi in order to do this. All I need is the ability to read Hebrew to some level.
Yehezqel, it seems that you are proficient in Hebrew; perhaps your proficiency exceeds mine. In your response to Annelise you speak of your commitment to the standard of pursuing righteousness which you define as demanding accountability. This being the case will you have the integrity to explain to the audience how obvious it is that Shapira misunderstood the words of the Metzudat David?
PS As a postscript I will address one other point that you made in your response to me. You take me to task for assuming that Shapira did not realize that the word k’shachar in the context of the Metzudat David can mean “like dawn.”
The reason I made that assumption is because I was judging him favorably. If he knew that the word can mean “like dawn” and he still translated it “like blackness” then his lack of comprehension of the words of the Metzudat David is only more pronounced.
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal