Weekly Jewish Wisdom
May 25, 2017
Mark Twain famously said that wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. It’s a nice thought but perhaps a bit naïve. I find Sonja Henie, the Norwegian athlete, a bit more convincing: “Jewelry takes people’s minds off your wrinkles.”
I’ve been thinking about wrinkles this week. This doesn’t mean I’ve spent a lot of time in front of the mirror but rather pondering a rabbinic observation I came across a few days ago. A talmudic discussion of Moses’ mother, Yoheved, reveals her youthfulness, a word-play based on using the Hebrew word “daughter” to describe this elderly woman: “Her signs of youth re-emerged. The flesh became smooth, the wrinkles were straightened out, and beauty returned to its place” (BT Bava Batra 120a). Wow. What skin cream did that woman have, and how can I get some?
Tweets on the Today's Page of Talmud (Daf Yomi)
"It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit," Noel Coward.
Bava Batra 123a: "Is it permitted for the righteous to act deceitfully? Yes..." only when protecting themselves from deceit. Slippery slope.
"I returned to Jerusalem, and it is by virtue of Jerusalem that I have written all that God has put into my heart.." Shmuel Yosef Agnon
Bava Batra 122a: "'Between the more and the fewer' (Num.26:56) in dividing the Land of Israel means who's close to Jerusalem and who's far."
"Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough," Garrison Keillor.
Bava Batra 121a: "There were no days as joyous for the Jewish people as 15th of Av and Yom Kippur...it is a day of pardon and forgiveness"