Weekly Jewish Wisdom
APRIL 20, 2017
We've all been there. We need to ask someone what to do or how something works, but we're too embarrassed. Asking might humiliate us. People will think we don't know what we're doing; maybe we don't really know what we're doing. The indignity of asking will simply confirm it. The fact that Einstein told us that it is OK to ask questions does nothing to ameliorate this gnawing sense of inadequacy: "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."
For the next several weeks, between Passover and Shavout, we will be studying an aphorism from Pirkei Avot, Ethics of the Fathers, as is a customary practice in this season. Today's will focus on curiosity.
Tweets on the Today's Page of Talmud (Daf Yomi)
Bava Batra 90a: "If you buy and sell without earning a profit, will you be called a merchant?" Engage in the activities to earn the title.
Bava Batra 91a: "Before the deceased dies, the person next to run his house arises," is a way to consider the circle of life.
"In small proportions we just beauties see; And in short measures, life may perfect be," Ben Jonson.
Bava Batra 89b: "A person may not keep in his house a measure that is too small or too large," lest he use it inadvertently in a sale.
"In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?" Saint Augustine.
Bava Batra 88b: "Robbing an ordinary person is more severe than robbing the Most High." God doesn't suffer when "cheated;" humans do.