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Leaving Our Teachers

Two disciples of a famous Rabbi once met later in life. One had followed all the dictates of his teacher; the other had developed his own practices and interpretations. The first expressed anger at his former friend: “Why did you not follow our teacher’s path?” he asked.

The second answered, “But I did. He grew up and left his teacher. I grew up and left mine.”

- Rabbi David Wolpe, Off the Pulpit e-newsletter for April 14, 2011