RaYBaSH’s Ponderings of the Perkei Avot
By: Yehudah ben Shomeyr
“Rabbi Yehudah said: Be meticulous in study, for a careless
misinterpretation is considered tantamount to willful transgression."
No one likes being lied to whether by commission or omission and no one
likes to be mislead whether intentionally or unintentionally.
In so doing one could get seriously hurt by their actions taken in
ignorance and yet on the supposed good word of someone.
I have been in situations where this has happened to me and I have also
been on the other end where I would have to publicly correct something
I have previously taught. We are all connected my actions effect you and
“A misinterpretation is judged so harshly only if it was due to the
student’s failure to apply himself according to his capacity.
A sincere mistake is regarded as an unintentional error.”
– Perkei Avot Commentary
The Scriptures tell us that a teacher is held more accountable:
James 3:1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive
the greater condemnation.
Messiah warns us of being blind and teaching:
Matt. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind.
And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
-- Yehudah ben Shomeyr