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)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Shabbat 44 - Money Bed

"Rab Judah said in Rab's name: If a bed is designated for money, it may not be moved."

Wait, what?

It seems that money might be laid out for counting on a bed. Since currency cannot be handled on Shabbat, the bed cannot be handled, i.e. moved, on Shabbat (normally allowed so long as it is within a private domain). The discussion continues about whether there actually has to be money or if the restriction applies if the bed had only been designated for the purpose.

But it does make me think of the practice of stashing cash in the mattress. Is that what is going on here? In a pre-banking era, it seems likely, maybe common. So the idea of treating such a bed differently makes sense.

Not sure what the modern equivilent would be for non-mattresses stuffers. Keep your debit card far away on Shabbat? Good plan. It's a Money Bed!

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