We all have Rabbeim that we ask questions to.

Is one allowed to disagree with his rebbe if he feels that his rebbe's viewpoint is incorrect?

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    If you already know the answer, why are you asking in the first place? If you don't know the answer, how can you disagree?
    – Daniel
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 2:34
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    CYLOR :) (15 char) Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 4:31
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    @CharlesKoppelman But what if you don't agree with what he says? ;)
    – Daniel
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 4:35
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    @Daniel As they say: wash, rinse, repeat... Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 4:42
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    Similar: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/12874
    – msh210
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 7:40

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R. Reuven Leuchter Shlita often says (and infers from R. Y. Salanter's responses to his student in Or Yisrael) that a rebbi is to present the relative merits of different courses of action; not to choose for you.

  • Is that referring to advice and guidance in general (e.g. what city to move to, what career to choose, etc.), or even deciding an overtly halachic question (e.g. "Some milk fell into my pot - is it kosher?").
    – Fred
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 20:23
  • He made it clear that he wasnt talking about halacha. He contrasted halacha where the point is only the destination; reaching the correct conclusion, with broader avodah where (part of) the point is the journey; making the decisions. Passing off the decision is thus forfeiting the whole thing.
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 3:57

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