Weekly Jewish Wisdom
JANUARY 5, 2017
The Things We Carry
What a strange and frightening week it's been. On Friday, a man gunned down five travelers in Fort Lauderdale's airport and hurt many others, sending the airport into a tailspin for days. On Sunday, in Jerusalem's Armon Ha-Natziv neighborhood, a terrorist plowed down four Israeli soldiers with a truck. On Monday, 16 JCCs up and down America's East Coast evacuated members because of bomb threats. Going on vacation or sending your child to a half day of organized play and learning has become freighted with existential angst. If someone is trying to scare us, it's working.
Tweets on the Today's Page of Talmud (Daf Yomi)
“People at war with themselves will always cause collateral damage in the lives of those around them," John Mark Green.
Bava Metzia 114b: "If he (the debtor) be a poor man, you shall not sleep while his collateral is with you. But if he is wealthy, you may..."
"Your part can be the king, but unless people are treating you like royalty, you ain't no king, man," Jeff Bridges.
Bava Metzia 113b: "All Israel are the children of kings...all of the Jewish people are princes." Self-identity should accord dignity.
"I don't pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages," Robert Bosch.
Bava Metzia 112a: "One who withholds the wages of a hired laborer, is as though he took his soul from him." He supports his life with wages.