Megilat Aicha tells us: "If someone tells you, 'There is wisdom among the Goyiim, you can beleive that... "
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In the Book of Lamentations, the prophet describes the situation of the people of Israel after the destruction of the Temple:" ... A queen and her ministers are among the nations, there is no Torah, Even its prophets did not find a vision from God "(Chapter 2, verse 9) The people of Israel after the destruction was under foreign rule, without a leader from within it, and as a result there is no Torah teacher (Rashi) "If a person says to you: There is wisdom in the nations - believe ... (And if a man says to you," There is Torah among the nations - do not believe, As it is written: A queen and her ministers in the nations have no Torah "(Med In the Diaspora, when this connection was severed, the prophecy ceased, and to a certain extent the light of the Torah was also extinguished. "The Torah is given to the people of Israel only and belongs only to him, and the people of Israel are the link between humanity and the Creator of the world. The Torah with human intelligence - is a prophetic level that belongs only to the Jewish people. Under foreign rule, the Torah is lacking. On the other hand, human intellectual wisdom and life experience are things that every person can have from every nation and language. It is told in the Gemara that Rabbi Yochanan used to rise from the elders of the gentiles because of the vast experience of life that they accumulated throughout their lives (Tractate Kiddushin 35a at the end.) The Rambam at the beginning of his introduction to tractate Avot (8 chapters) writes: The things that I will say in these chapters ... are matters that are compiled from the words of the Sages (sages of Israel) ... and from the philosophers, as well as from the writings of many people. On the Greek philosopher Aristotle, Maimonides writes: "He who taught men the ways of proof and its laws and its conditions" ("Guide of the Perplexed" Part II Chapter 15). The Torah belongs only to us, to the people of Israel. Human wisdom, as it is, belongs to the whole human race, and it is worthwhile to learn it from anyone who has something of it. Sincerely, Uri, The staff of Yeshivat Har Etzion