I wanted to discuss the very little known fact that Torah acknowledges that ENTIRE CONGREGATION can be wrong, just like it is going on right now with Rabbinic Judaism.
Let's take a look a the laws of atonement of sin of the entire congregation:
YLT Num 15:22 'And when ye err, and do not all these commands which Jehovah hath spoken unto Moses,
YLT Num 15:23 the whole that Jehovah hath charged upon you by the hand of Moses, from the day that Jehovah hath commanded, and henceforth, to your generations,
YLT Num 15:24 then it hath been, if from the eyes of the company it hath been done in ignorance, that all the company have prepared one bullock, a son of the herd, for a burnt-offering, for sweet fragrance to Jehovah, and its present, and its libation, according to the ordinance, and one kid of the goats for a sin-offering.
YLT Num 15:25 'And the priest hath made atonement for all the company of the sons of Israel, and it hath been forgiven them, for it is ignorance, and they--they have brought in their offering, a fire-offering to Jehovah, even their sin-offering before Jehovah for their ignorance;
YLT Num 15:26 and it hath been forgiven to all the company of the sons of Israel, and to the sojourner who is sojourning in their midst; for to all the company it is done in ignorance.
So as you can see, Written Torah clearly states that entire congregation can be in error and must bring an atonement to the priest.
Why is that? How majority can be wrong? The answer is very simple!
Yes, majority can be OFTEN wrong when it comes to WISDOM !!! When it is needed to execute wisdom in making a decision, it is often seen that majority is wrong when making such decision. For example, when a judge is making a judgement, he is using the WISDOM. This is where majority is often wrong, as majority would not be able to make any "tough" decisions that were not in the interest of majority. This is why we have only ONE Judge per case.
On the other hand, when it comes to KNOWLEDGE, majority is usually correct. For example, if you need to know some fact or perform a calculation that does not require one to think outside the box, majority will usually get it right.
This is why control over society, in the Torah, was assigned to the ONE person (High Priest) who would decided issues of WISDOM.
So my question is this.... When will majority of Jews will realize the error of their ways and return to God and the Written Torah? WHEN ??? When we will break the yoke of rabbis and go back to serving God??? When we will rebuild the Tabernacle??? WHEN ???
Let me know if you know answers to these questions.