Weekly Jewish Wisdom
June 22, 2017
I came across this verse on a page of Talmud, knowing that while it's meaning seemed obvious from a surface glance, that our ancient scholars would play with it and engage in their usual mental gymnastics [BT Bava Batra 145b-146a]. Poverty creates misery so it's not hard to understand that all the days of the poor would be terrible. And we all know that while we associate poverty with one's financial circumstances, there are, sadly, many manifestations of it, as Mother Teresa famously observed: "Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty." The second part of the verse is less self-evident since feasting is attached to being good-hearted instead of to wealth alone. This suggests that poverty and wealth, as understood here, are states of mind, attitudes about our lives through the prisms of scarcity and abundance.
Tweets on the Today's Page of Talmud (Daf Yomi)
"Torah values are the ones that inform my life," Leonard Cohen.
Bava Batra 151a: "A Torah is not considered property because you cannot sell it. But you can sell it to study Torah or to marry." Priceless!
"Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1," Warren Buffett.
Bava Batra 150b: "Money is called property" in the sense that it has worth that can be transferred.
"We think too much and feel too little," Charlie Chaplin.
Bava Batra 149b: "An how much is any amount?" sounds like a trick question or a Chinese koan. I guess any amount is not any amount.