To boys, Michael became a melamed
To boys, Michael became a melamed (a teacher). He was an educator even during the years he himself was learning, having received his sight only at the age of 25. As he mastered (first the language, then history, culture, and poetry), he was always one step ahead of his pupils. Perhaps his humble origins in academia communicated to his students because he was always popular with the young boys placed in his care.
Michael was not afraid to challenge the orthodoxy of the religious leaders. He would suggest that a literal reading of Moses’s explanation of the beginnings of the world was not necessary to be faithful to Torah. His theory was that the earliest Genesis accounts were necessarily allegorical so that primitive people might have an understanding of the scriptures in spite of their limited scientific scholarship.
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