Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Rambam would agree

The story is told of Rav Soloveitchik that once someone asked him about the halachic acceptability of karate. Here is a paraphrase of the conversation that ensued.

Rav Soloveitchik: What is karate?
Questioner: It's a martial art where you learn how to fight people in a non-violent way.
RS: What could possibly be the problem with that?
Q: Well, before beginning a karate match you have to bow down to your opponent as a gesture of respect.
RS: That's stupid.
Q: I'm not asking whether it's stupid, I'm asking whether it's assur.
RS: It's assur to be stupid.


Anonymous said...

Oh man, if it's assur to be stupid, then I know so many people who are assur. :-p

ADDeRabbi said...

i wrote about the 'issur' to be stupid here