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)
"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door," Milton Berle.
Sanhedrin 33b: "While your fire is burning, cut your squash and roast it." Seize an opportunity. Great expression for a fortune cookie.
“Time creates history. Meditation creates the moment," Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati.
Sanhedrin 32b: "Justice, justice you shall pursue"(Deut 16:21). Why twice? "One for justice. One for compromise." Mediation matters.
"Your secret is your prisoner; once you reveal it, you become its slave," Solomon Ibn Gabirol.
Sanhedrin 31a: "Rabbi Ami removed (a student) from the study hall and said, 'This is a revealer of secrets,'" therefore he cannot be trusted