golfer: All I’m trying to say is that I have no idea why the Rambam said what he did and I don’t care; I just don’t think we should be coming up with any post facto reasoning as far as how smart or not smart or “differently smart” women are as opposed to men because all that’s going to occur is machlokes.
I’m personally perfectly satisfied with the idea that learning Torah isn’t “my” mitzvah- if it is then I’m even happier but if it’s not then I can live with that. I just don’t think that that’s a reason to hold me (or any other woman) back from it.
Golfer: I disagree. If you have an idea, present it. Someone who knows more than you can then either build off it or reject it. You have as much right to present an idea as a less-knowledgeable man does.
writersoul – sorry, you misunderstood. My “even” was not due to inherent limitations, but just meant that even men who def. HAVE to learn, have that problem. And so there’s good reason to limit it’s possibility by women, where its not mandated, as Sam2 quoted.
Sam2 – contrast that with the Maharal in Nesivos, who says that its worthwhile to learn the proper way (i.e. through learning the sugya and coming to a conclusion), despite the fact that you will sometimes err and do what’s wrong, instead of learning from the “modern” compendiums.
Logician: I never said that we hold like this Meiri (presumably we don’t) or that it’s agreed-upon at all. I was just saying that your S’vara had support in Rishonim.
Al Tidag, that’s how I understood you.