Are You Ready For Rosh Hashanah?
For the ten days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, this book offers a daily biblical or rabbinic themed essay, passages for textual study, and a practical exercise for self-improvement. Return offers an engaging dialogue with both text and self, empowering Jews of all backgrounds to connect to the Days of Awe.
Weekly Jewish Wisdom
SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
To Love Again on Rosh Hashana
In the haftarah on the second day of Rosh Hashana -Jeremiah 31:2-20 - we enter Jeremiah's complex universe of exile and its travails. Yet we only read half of a 40 verse chapter. As a result, we miss out on verses that seem a clear fit for the season, like this one: "For I will be their God and they will be my people" (31:33) or "For I will forgive their iniquities, and remember their sins no more" (31:34). Clearly the sages of old picked this text and parsed it with a specific goal in mind, namely that we absorb certain prophetic lessons.
Tweets on the Today's Page of Talmud (Daf Yomi)
"Comparison is a thug that robs your joy," Ann Voskamp.
Bava Metzia 4a:"What is the common denominator?" is a question that compares cases for their similarities. We understand through comparisons
"...seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them," Immanuel Kant.
Bava Metzia 3a: "The admission of one’s own mouth should not carry greater weight than the testimony of witnesses." Testimony must align.
"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision," Helen Keller.
Bava Matzia 2a: "One does not acquire an item through sight." You can't spot an item and say it's yours. You have to hold it or drag it.