The talmud in general seems to distinguish between different kinds of people in certain kinds of halacha. For example, Bava Metzia 23b tells us that a rabbi is allowed to lie for three things, implying a distinction in standards of truthfulness, even if the direction is ambiguous.
Though it is clear that everyone has an obligation to learn, is there a corresponding obligation to aspire to become a rabbi?
This question is based on two assumptions:
- That the Talmud uses the words talmid chacham, Rabbi, and disciple interchangeably for these halachic distinctions.
- That being held to a different halachic standard is an indication of superiority, and that we are encouraged to be the best we can be.