Weekly Jewish Wisdom
DECEMBER 1, 2016
The Genesis of Trust
The book of Genesis is filled with narratives of trust, the break-down of trust and the rebuilding of trust because it, more than anything else, is critical to the continuation of a relationship. Eve trusts a snake more than she trusted God. Adam trusted Eve when he ate of the forbidden tree. Both of them lost God's trust and paid a steep price for it. There is a midrash which records that the trees of the Garden of Eden were heard voicing amazement. "That one walking about turned out to be a thief, a deceiver who even thought to deceive his Creator." Alternatively, "The ministering angels were heard voicing delight: 'That one walking about will soon be dead and gone." The mythical trees in this fabulous garden were not silent observers. They were witnesses and critics. The saw right away that deceit was built into the story and would continue as a facet of the human condition.
Tweets on the Today's Page of Talmud (Daf Yomi)
"Coercion, whether violent or not, is immoral, just as deception is immoral," David Novak.
Bava Metzia 72a: If a person coerced another into selling something, "The sale is certainly not a sale." Forced business is not business.
Bava Metzia 71a: "If the poor of your city and the poor of another [need charity], you give to the poor of your city first." Triage charity.
Triage: "A system of assigning priorities based on urgency" - or in our case, based on level of responsibility.
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"A decent beard has long been the number one must-have fashion item for any fugitive from justice," Craig Brown.