In a debate in the Horayot over which of two learned men should be trusted to make a decision, word was sent to rabbinic scholars in Palestine to ask which style of intellectual leadership was best: “Sinai” or an “uprooter of mountains”? (Sinai here means a scholar whose knowledge of received wisdom is comprehensive and reliable, whereas an “uprooter of mountains” is someone skilled in debate.) Word came back: “Sinai is preferred, for as the teacher says, Everyone needs wheat.”

A stork overseeing wheat fields in Ukraine photographed by Viktor Smoliak @unsplash.

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