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, September 20, 2012

Berachot 50 - Real Tweets

Ok, despite the name of this blog, these posts are clearly not "tweets." My intention was to indicate that each post is a short takes on a full page of Talmud. Short, but not necessarily within the strict 140 character limit imposed by Twitter.

However, in honor of this my 50th post (!) I offer three actual Tweet length sentences from today's page:

1. At the Song of the Sea – even children in the womb sang. How do we know? Bless ye the Lord in full assemblies. . . (PS 68:27) [125 characters]

2. An attendant serving two separate dining groups serves as the bridge combining the groups for the blessings. [108 characters]

3. If one forgot and put food into his mouth without saying a blessing, he shifts it to the side of his mouth and says the blessing. [129 characters]

Is everybody happy?!

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