We are now in the Three Weeks leading up to the fast of the Ninth of Av. Erica's book In the Narrow Places provides you with a daily reading to transform these somber days of remembrance into a period of introspection and spiritual growth.
Weekly Jewish Wisdom
JuLY 20, 2017
The Modern-Day Prophet
Who are today’s prophets? Some argue for public intellectuals who examine trends and are unafraid to speak their minds. According to Paul Simon, the prophets are graffiti artists: “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenements halls and whispered in the sounds of silence.” For Yoko Ono, true artists are prophets. Joseph Addision believed it was the jester. Binny Lau, a contemporary Israeli rabbi and scholar, believes that journalists today “take on the role of moral and social critics,” but adds that “more often than not their criticism is laced with the venom of loathing.” In his book, Jeremiah: The Fate of the Prophet, Lau draws our attention to the word “jeremiad” that comes from the ethos of this prophet’s task: a work that mourns society and its imminent downfall. No wonder prophets were so unpopular.
Tweets on the Today's Page of Talmud (Daf Yomi)
"Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat," Jean-Paul Sartre.
Sanhedrin 8a:"There must be one leader for the generation, not two leaders for the generation." One voice of authority commands. Two confuse
Sanhedrin 6b: "Let judgment pierce the mountain." Be quick. Be exact. Be painfully honest. The judge must be the bearer of truth.
Sanhedrin 7a: "A judge should always view himself as if a sword is placed between his thighs," and not lean right or left. Take it seriously
"Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can...There will still be business enough," Abraham Lincoln.
Sanhedrin 5b: "The power of compromise is greater than the power of adjudication," perhaps because it's so much harder to create compromise.