Monday Musings for 7.13.30

 

Dear Friends,

The Jewish Talmud is not in the Bible.  It is a commentary that was added later.  It is very old and very wise.  Here are three of my favorite stories from the Talmud.

1) There were several people traveling together in a boat.  One of them took out a drill and began drilling a hole at his feet.  His companions were horrified.  “Why are you doing this?? We will all drown!!”  The man replied:  “What concern is this of yours?  Am I not drilling under my own place?”

2)  There was a debate about when dawn begins.  One student said, “Night is over and day has arrived when you can see a house in the distance and determine if it is your house or your neighbor’s.”  Another said, “No, it is when you can see an animal in the distance and determine if it belongs to you or to your neighbor.”  A third student said, “It is when you can see a flower in the distance and determine its color.” The rabbi said, “You are all wrong.  You can know that the night has ended and the day has begun when you can look into the face of your neighbor and see the face of God.  Until that moment, it is still night.”

3) At the end of the first day, Adam and Eve held each other in their arms.  They were afraid.  As the sun set, they thought it was the end of creation.  They thought it was all over.  They said, “It is because of our sin that God is doing this to us.”  They clung to each other all night long.  In the morning the sun rose.  They stood up and danced and sang, “This is the day the Lord has given to us!  Let us rejoice and be glad in it!!”

In Christ,

John