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)
Bava Batra 152b: "A later will nullifies an earlier will." Life changes and decisions made about inheritance are subject to those changes.
Bava Batra 153b: "Signs of puberty are likely to change after death." What does this mean? How much can the body change after death?
Bava Batra 154b: "That statement was stated in my name, but I never said that statement." At least, Rabbi Elazar was able to correct this.
"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.