Truth, Re: Truth,and the Relativist Rabbi

By William Markiewicz

In my articles I sometimes defend the superiority of small truths over universal rigid Big Truth. For me more modest truths are valid. They may change according to circumstances because we live in a circumstantial universe. This is illustrated by a Jewish joke, perhaps not known to everybody:
Two Jews go to the Rabbi to ask for his judgement on their opposing arguments. The first states his point of view. The Rabbi answers, “You are right.” The second says, “But Rabbi – how can he be right if …” and he states his version of the argument. The Rabbi answers, “You are right.” A third Jew who has been listening says, “But Rabbi – how can both be right at the same time?” The Rabbi answers, “You are also right.” The Rabbi pinpointed the elusiveness of truth.

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