Out this January
A Conversational Haggadah for the Whole Family
Jan 22, 2015
When Will the Facts Change?
The Talmud celebrates the healing powers of R. Yohanan ben Zakkai. He would visit the sick, discuss the illness and suffering with the patient, and then hold out his hand to raise the other person from his pain. Then he himself got sick, and R. Hanina raised R. Yohanan out of his illness. Why, the Talmud asks, could the gifted healer R. Yohanan not heal himself? "Because the prisoner cannot free himself from prison." There are certain situations we find ourselves in that trap and obstruct us, physically and spiritually. We make think we can function independently in all matters, but sometimes we realize just how necessary others are in relieving our pain, opening our horizons and freeing ourselves from the shackle of negative or limiting thoughts.
Tweets on the Today's Page of Talmud (Daf Yomi)
"Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find a woman I don't like and just give her a house," Rod Stewart.
Yevamot 113a: A controversial Talmudic statement: "More than a man wants to get married, a woman wants to get married." Still true today?
Yevamot 112b: "A person cannot reside in a basket with a snake." Pick your friends and neighbors carefully.
"Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional," Chili Davis.
Dec 31, 2014
Not Another Video, Please
As we start a new calendar year, we mark off dates that will require our presence: school dinners, graduations, weddings, family reunions and birthdays. Let’s circle one such occasion and offer the challenge of 2015: changing the bar/bat mitzvah ceremony.