Maven Yavin: The utility of heresy

Mississippi Fred discusses R' Nathan Lopez-Cardozo's lecture in which he suggests that heretics perform a valuable service for the community. I remember once suggesting that good 'ol Mis-nagid is a 'Holy Heretic'. I posted about this topic a while ago, in a post called 'Holy Heresy' and another, which was a reading of a famous Gemara in Menachot, which talks about the paradox of those who would move our religious consciousness forward.

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