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

Monday, May 6, 2013

Why is Anal Sex Called Sodomy? Jewish Midrash (Genesis Rabbah) Provides the Answer...

Rabbi Menahema said in Rabbi Bibi's name: "The Sodomites made an agreement among themselves that whenever a stranger visited them they would forcibly rape him anally and then rob him of his money; even him of whom it is written, 'That they may keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice', they would use him like a beast of burden and rob him of his money."

- Midrash, Genesis Rabbah 50

Friday, April 26, 2013

Jewish Law Prohibits Castration of any Male Animal (or Human)

Ben Zoma was asked: 'Is it permitted to castrate a Dog?' He replied: "'Neither shall you do this in  your land', - this means, to no one (including a Dog) that is in your land shall you do this to."

- Babylonian Talmud, Chagigah 14b

Lucky Dog!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Meaning of the Names of the Babylonian Talmud's Seven Heavens

The Seven Heavens of Judaism

1) Wilon: Curtain
2) Rakia: Expanse, firmament
3) Shehakim: Clouds, dust
4) Zebul: Elevation, height, lofty abode, Temple
5) Ma'on: Dwelling, habitation
6) Makon: Fixed or established place, residence
7) ‘Araboth: to be dark, in darkness 

SOURCE: Babylonian Talmud, Chagigah 12b, Soncino Edition

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Who let the Dogs out this time? The same Rabbis who wrote the Talmud!

NO MAN SHOULD BREED A DOG UNLESS IT IS ON A CHAIN. Our Rabbis taught: 'No man should breed a Dog unless it is kept on a chain. He may, however, breed it in a town adjoining the frontier where he should keep it chained during the daytime and let it loose only at night.'

- Babylonian Talmud, Baba Kamma 83a

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Cutest Animal Talmudika to Date...

‘Why does a Dog know its owner while a Cat does not?’ Rabbi Eleazar answered them: ‘If he who eats something from which a Mouse has previously eaten loses his memory, think how much more memory will be lost by the animal which eats the Mouse itself!’

- The Babylonian Talmud, Horayoth 13a

Just One More Animal Proverb of Judaism...

Many an old Camel carries the skins of their young upon their backs.

- Jewish Proverb from Chapters on Jewish Literature,

A Few Animal Proverbs of Judaism

Slanderous gossip is a Snake that stings in Syria, but then kills in Rome.

- Jewish Proverb from Chapters on Jewish Literature,

All the cloth dyers cannot bleach a Raven’s wing.

- Jewish Proverb from Chapters on Jewish Literature,

The Dove escapes from the Eagle only to find a Serpent in her nest.

- Jewish Proverb from Chapters on Jewish Literature,

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Animal Talmudika Round - Up 2013

All kinds of beasts are a good sign in a dream, except the Elephant, the Monkey and Ape.

- The Babylonian Talmud, Berakoth 57b

'Why do all other animals hate and persecute the Mice?' Rabbi Eleazar was asked by his disciple. Eleazar told them: 'Because of their bad nature.
'What exactly do they do?' Raba replied: 'They gnaw even at clothes.'

- The Babylonian Talmud, Horayoth 13a

When Rabbi Dimi came he talked about a certain incident: 'It once happened at Haitalu that while a young woman was sweeping the floor a village Dog covered her from the rear, and Rabbi permitted her to marry a priest.'

- Babylonian Talmud, Yebamoth 59b

Animal Talmudika - Dreaming of an Elephant, a Monkey, or an Ape

Friday, March 1, 2013

Animal Talmudica - The Cat and the Weasel

Rabbi Papa observed: 'The Weasel and Cat, when at peace with each other, had a feast on the fat of the unlucky.'

- The Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 105a

Animal Talmudica - The Dog, the Cat, and the Mouse

‘Why does a Dog know and remember its owner while a Cat does not?’ Rabbi Eleazar answered them: ‘Just like those creatures who eat the same food as Mice lose their memory, think how much more memory will be lost by the one who eats the Mouse itself!’

- The Babylonian Talmud, Horayoth 13a