Weekly Jewish Wisdom
March 16, 2017
"Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead," quipped Benjamin Franklin in Poor Richard's Almanac. This seems to be a reasonable explanation of the Talmudic aphorism above, otherwise stated as two's company; three's a crowd. Rabba bar Huna, who issued this statement is not granting permission for three people in each other's company to say something malicious. What he is saying is that when something malicious is said in the presence of three, it is assumed to have already gone public. What, one wonders, would Rabba bar Huna have thought of Facebook?
Tweets on the Today's Page of Talmud (Daf Yomi)
"Privacy is not something that I'm merely entitled to, it's an absolute prerequisite," Marlon Brando.
Bava Batra 59b: Building a window that allows you to see into the house of another is called "Midat Sdom," conduct characteristic of Sodom.
"Kings may be judges of the earth, but wise men are the judges of kings," Solomon Ibn Gabirol.
Bava Batra 58a: "A judge who is summoned to judgment is not considered a judge." A judge should be above reproach.
"Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty," John D. Rockefeller.
Bava Batra 57a: Just placing an "animal, oven, millstone, stove, chickens or fertilizer" does not mean you take possession of a courtyard.