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)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Berachot 55 - Good Prayers for a Good Year

"Rab Judah also said in the name of Rab: There are three things for which one should supplicate: a good king, a good year, and a good dream."

Leadership, the course of the year and our own dreams are seen as being in the hands of G-d. Usually we think we are in control of the events in our lives. A little humility is a good thing.

As we enter Yom Kippur - and an election year - this seems like a good phrase to keep in mind. May our prayers be sincere and sincerely answered.

G'mar Chatimah Tovah, dear reader; May you be inscribed for a good year, good leadership, and good dreams.

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