Are You Ready For Rosh Hashanah?
For the ten days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, this book offers a daily biblical or rabbinic themed essay, passages for textual study, and a practical exercise for self-improvement. Return offers an engaging dialogue with both text and self, empowering Jews of all backgrounds to connect to the Days of Awe.
Weekly Jewish Wisdom
SEPTEMBER 22, 2016
The Season of Change
Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that fall is the time people make their most serious changes. In other words, September is the new January. September catalyzes small changes in how we live, what we buy and what goals we set. "Families put routines back in place, enforce bedtimes and pack lunches. People clear clutter out and vow to plan and cook healthy meals." The fall is apparently the most popular time to make weddings - who knew? It is also when gym memberships spike, Weight Watcher memberships jump, grocery store sales rise and skincare product sales bump.
Tweets on the Today's Page of Talmud (Daf Yomi)
"I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process," Vincent Van Gogh.
Bava Kamma 119a: "Anyone who robs another of an item worth a peruta [a little], it's as if he takes his soul from him." Are we what we own?
"All I ask is the chance to prove that money can't make me happy," Spike Milligan.
Bava Kamma 118b: "A person is prone to feel his purse constantly." Check and check again that it's all there. Money creates anxiety.
Bava Kamma 116b: "Massikin" means distress as in "In the siege and in the distress, will your enemies distress you" [Deut. 28:55].
Bava Kamma 117a: "The lion you mentioned has become a fox" means that the strong scholar has become intellectually weak.