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Weekly Jewish Wisdom
JULY 13, 2016
Fishing for Ideas
According to this verse in Proverbs, there is a direct line between the eyes and the heart. Having taught this verse and its interpretation many times, I've found three distinct understandings of what kind of light has the power to make the heart happy. Rashi believes that aesthetic sights have this impact: mountains and lakes, for example. Beauty provides light and makes us joyful. Rabbi David Altshuler, an eighteenth century exegete, claims that removing oneself from doubt creates happiness, in other words personal en-light-enment. Gersonides (1288-1344), a French commentator, believes that what gladdens the heart are the gifts of the intellect; when the light bulb goes off we find ourselves experiencing deep pleasure.
Tweets on the Today's Page of Talmud (Daf Yomi)
“If the problems you have this year are the same problems you had last year, then you are not a leader," Israelmore Ayivor.
Bava Kamma 52a:"When a shepherd is angry with his flock, he renders the goat leading them blind" - when God's angry, he gives us bad leaders
"Capital punishment is the source of many an argument, both good and bad," Marilyn vos Savant.
Bava Kamma 51a: "“And you shall love your fellow as yourself ” (Lev. 19:18) obligates you to pick a good death," (for a condemned person).
"You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks," Winston Churchill.