Weekly Jewish Wisdom
august 17, 2017
An all too common photo appeared in many newspapers this week. A spit of sidewalk was littered with flowers and placards, photos and small gifts in honor of the newly dead to crime and injustice. This time it showed a photo of a young woman, Heath Heyer, killed in a hate crime in Charlottesville, VA. While the circumstances are not insignificant, the photo is one to which we’ve almost become immune. Drawn in marker and stuck with masking tape to the asphalt was a sign “No Place for Hate!” Don’t be fooled. This slogan is only emotional wallpaper covering up layers and layers of hate.
When I was a kid, I remember my father would often say, “Never say hate.” We could dislike someone or something, but we were advised not to have such strong negative emotions that we weren’t able to redeem our bad feelings. “I have decided to stick with love,” said Martin Luther King Jr., “Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
Tweets on the Today's Page of Talmud (Daf Yomi)
"Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity," George Eliot.
Sanhedrin 36a: When it comes to appointing members of the Sanhedrin, "a cruel person" is not eligible." Justice needs compassion.
@americanairlines thanks for cancelling our eclipse flight & rebooking us tomorrow to land after the eclipse. 800,000 miles gets you nothing
Sanhedrin 34a: "Just as a hammer breaks stone into many pieces, so too does one verse surface many interpretations."
Sanhedrin 35a: Many courts were appointed "to turn wrath away from Israel." Pursue justice and there will be more love.
For a great three minutes on religious responses to the eclipse: https://t.co/tWgRWSNp7M