By COLlive reporter
A top rabbi in Israel has come out publicly against the usage of the easy-to-understand popular Gemara commentaries.
“I heard there are Yeshiva bochurim who learn Gemara with simple explanations,” Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar said in an interview.
The Sephardic rabbi was referring to the commentary by renowned Torah scholar and Lubavitch Chasid Rabbi Adin Even Yisroel – Steinsaltz and the Artscroll Schottenstein Gemara.
Amar told the Kol B’Rama radio station one of the central problems of today’s society is the educational system.
“These explanations were made for Baalei Batim who never learned Gemara, for Baalei Teshuva that never learned. This is good to broaden the holy sphere,” he said.
“But for Yeshiva bochurim that ‘Torah is their occupation,’ to search for simple explanations, this shows how far we have gone.”
Rabbi Yossi Rosenblum, Director of Yeshiva Schools in Pittsburgh which includes an elementary and Mesivta, says matters are different in the U.S.
Rosenblum, who developed the popular Gemara Berura curriculum, says “any tool that can help should be used – so long there is a plan to develop skills and an objective to learn without them.”
“Most bochurim, regardless if they learned in Chasidish or Litvish Yeshivos, leave without knowing how to learn Gemara,” he told COLlive.com.
“And without appreciation, they stop learning.”