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)
"Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense," Robert Frost.
Bava Metzia 67a: "Mistaken forgiveness" is a strange term. Do you have to ask for forgiveness for your forgiveness?
“Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer," John Bunyan.
Bava Metzia 66a: "Words of enticement." The Aramaic word is the same as stuffing or fattening an animal. When we entice, we fatten the truth
“The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it's just sort of a tired feeling," Paula Poundstone.
Bava Metzia 65a: "They [the Babylonian government] leave them [the Exilarch and Sages] with regard to taxes" is an early form of parsonage.