Weekly Jewish Wisdom
APRIL 20, 2017
We've all been there. We need to ask someone what to do or how something works, but we're too embarrassed. Asking might humiliate us. People will think we don't know what we're doing; maybe we don't really know what we're doing. The indignity of asking will simply confirm it. The fact that Einstein told us that it is OK to ask questions does nothing to ameliorate this gnawing sense of inadequacy: "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."
For the next several weeks, between Passover and Shavout, we will be studying an aphorism from Pirkei Avot, Ethics of the Fathers, as is a customary practice in this season. Today's will focus on curiosity.
Tweets on the Today's Page of Talmud (Daf Yomi)
"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth," Buddha.
Bava Batra 94b: In arguments that cannot be resolved because trust and truth are compromised, we say "until Elijah comes." Truth is elusive.
"There is no humiliation more abusive than hunger," Pranab Mukherjee.
Bava Batra 93b:"There was a great custom in Jerusalem." If you gave food to prepare a feast to a cook who ruined it, he pays for humiliation
"Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due," William Ralph Inge.
Bava Batra 92b: If you want to get paid, "collect bran from one who is in your debt." Take anything; it's more than nothing. Get paid.