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Weekly Jewish Wisdom
JUNE 14, 2016
For most of us, the very word “Orlando” surfaces images of childhood fantasies. Whether you are at Disney World, Universal Studios or an actor playing a Mormon missionary and dreaming of the place you’d most like to be stationed, Orlando represents something innocent in the minds of most Americans. Until now...
When events like this shatter a piece of our comfortable assumptions about safety, security and tolerance, we often move from the initial stage of bewilderment to anger and then to questioning basic assumptions about our shared humanity. It is this last stage that is most pernicious because it eats away at hope and optimism. Years ago, I came across this translation of a passage from Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, first chief rabbi of what was then Palestine, in the introduction to Herbert Wiener’s Nine and Half Mystics. It gave him hope. It's always given me hope.
Tweets on the Today's Page of Talmud (Daf Yomi)
"The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions," Alfred Adler.
Bava Kamma 26a: "A person is always assumed to be dangerous, whether the damage was unintentional or intentional, if awake or asleep..."
“Man is not defiled by his impurities. It is the other man pointing out his impurities to him, whom he is defiled by," C. JoyBell C.
Bava Kamma 25b: "Any ritually impure items must remain impure for a period of no less than seven days." Impurity has sticking power.
"The eyes are more exact witnesses than the ears," Heraclitus.
Bava Kamma 24b: If 3 witnesses "signal to each other," indicating they were conspiring, they receive the punishment they wanted for another.