Tables Turned wrote:
Concerning R’ Kaplan’s statement, I’ll need to get a copy of “Handbook of Jewish Thought.” In the meantime, I’m sure the meforshim have things to say on Rabbi Akiva’s statement in Pesachim 112a: http://www.torah.org/advanced/weekly-halacha/5761/shoftim.html
See footnote 4. (I’m sharing the essay because it’s good, not because I’m trying to prove a point).
My comment about Schroeder and the misuse of Torah sources was this: Schroeder was not PURPOSEFULLY misusing Torah sources. Your statement implies he was.
As pointed out in the article by Rabbi Doniel Neustadt (in the link provided by Tables Turned), Talmudic authorities sometimes attributed halachos to their mentors, even though they did not actually hear their mentors state these positions. But the most important paragraph in Rabbi Neustadt’s article (in our context) is this: (more…)