Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Good News Talmud - The Soul of Man as a Lamp that Shines

Understanding the Light from the Lamp of the Good News Talmud

GOSPEL: No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. (Luke 8:16)

TALMUD: A lamp is designated lamp, and the soul of man is called a lamp-  better it is that the lamp of flesh and blood be extinguished before the lamp of the Holy One, blessed be He. (Talmud, Shabbath 30b)
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Friday, May 24, 2013

Animal Talmudika / Watch out for the Bite, the Sting, and the Hiss of the Biblical Prophets

Beware [of the Prophets]...for their bite is the bite of a Fox, their sting is the sting of a Scorpion, their hiss is the hiss a Serpent, and all their words are like fiery coals.

- Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) 2:10

Friday, May 17, 2013

Ouch! Stung to Death from Above and Below in the Talmud

Animal Midrash / There is Even a Reason for Why God Created Flies



Even Flies, parasites, and microbes have their purpose to fulfill and there is nothing superfluous in God's Creation.


- Midrash, Genesis Rabba 10





Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Animal Talmudika / Sarcasm of the Serpent

At some future time all the animals will gather and question the Serpent: 'The Lion attacks and devours; the Wolf tears and consumes; what advantage do you possess''? And the Serpent will answer them: 'What advantage is given those who over-use their tongue?'

- Babylonian Talmud, 'Arachin 15b

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Animal Talmudika / Dreams of the Lion

If one sees a Lion in his dream he should rise early and say: 'The Lion hath roared, who will not fear?' before another verse occurs to him, 'A Lion has gone up from his hiding place.' 

- Babylonian Talmud, Berakoth 56b

Animal Talmudika / Dreams of the Donkey

If one sees a Donkey in a dream, he may hope for salvation, as it says, 'Behold thy king cometh unto thee, he is triumphant and victorious, lowly and riding upon a Donkey.'

- Babylonian Talmud, Berakoth 56b