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Breslov: The Danger of Philosophy (How Can Knowledge Be Harmful?)

by Chaya Rivka Zwolinski

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov cautioned people against studying secular and even Jewish philosophy. How could knowledge be harmful? Isn’t more information always better? Rebbe Nachman explains that when philosophy poses unanswerable questions (sometimes along with weak, flawed “answers”) it erodes emunah (faith.) Ultimately, Torah and traditional Jewish wisdom touches on every subject under the sun, but when the faithless give credence to ideas that can best be described as black holes of thought, atheism, hopelessness, and nihilism can take root. Chaya Rivka Z. explains.

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