What is Talmud Tweets?

What is Talmud Tweets? A short, personal take on a page of Talmud - every day!

For several years now, I have been following the tradition of "Daf Yomi" - reading a set page of Talmud daily. With the start of a new 7 1/2 year cycle, I thought I would share a taste of what the Talmud offers, with a bit of personal commentary included. The idea is not to give a scholarly explanation. Rather, it is for those new to Talmud to give a little taste - a tweet, as it were - of the richness of this text and dialogue it contains. The Talmud is a window into a style of thinking as well as the world as it changed over the centuries of its compilation.

These are not literal "tweets" - I don't limit myself to 140 characters. Rather, these are intended to be short, quick takes - focusing in on one part of a much richer discussion. Hopefully, I will pique your interest. As Hillel says: "Go and study it!" (Shabbat 31a)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Berachot 8 - Redeeming G-d

In a sentence - a summery of human action with cosmic consequences: "if one occupies oneself with study of Torah, acts of charity and prays with the community, I (G-d) account it as if this one had redeemed Me and my children. . ." a simple yet powerful guide for righteous living: study, generosity, and community. Any one is good. Taken together, these actions of the individual brings G-d into the world. "Redeeming G-d" - the soulless world becomes G-d-filled.

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