O sages, be careful with your words;
For you may incur the penalty of exile,
and be banished to a place of evil waters;
The disciples who come after you
will drink of them and die,
and the name of Heaven be profaned.
Take care in studying,
for error in study
is as serious as intentional sin.
Discussion Guide [1:11].
Do you think Judaism—or any religion—can be tolerant of other religions while defending its
own distinctive outlook as superior? How?
Do you think that a critical examination of the basic beliefs of Judaism will help strengthen Judaism,
or undermine it? Why?
What principles of Judaism do you think are most important to hold to and defend against compromise or abandonment?