Biblical Faith – with Shmuel “Sam” Peak
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Rabbi Yose bar Yehuda of Kfar HaBavli says:
One who learns Torah from the Young, to what can he be likened? – to one who eats unripe grapes of drinks unfermented wine from is vat. But one who learns Torah from the old, to what can he likened? – to one who eats ripe grapes or drinks aged wine.
Grapes are a metaphor for reveled knowledge, while wine is a metaphor for hidden knowledge. Whereas grapes are visible, thick and readily grasped; wine lies within the grapes, hidden from sight.
Rabbi Meir says: Do not look at the vessel, but what is in it; there is a new vessel filled with old wine and an old vessel that does not even contain new wine.
From this we see that individuals are distinguished by the diversity of knowledge and viewpoint. Therefore, we should select a teacher based only on inner merit.