chapter  2
So who’s asking? Politics, hermeneutics, and individuality
ByPHILIP CUSHMAN
Pages 20

Sometime late in the 19th century, an excited, naïve young yeshiva student went to the Hasidic rebbe to ask for permission to travel to Berlin and study at the university there. The rebbe was extremely concerned for the young student and at first refused to let him go. Finally, however, he relented, with one caveat: that the young man was to return after one year and they would talk about his experiences. The youngster rejoiced, and his departure was soon arranged.