Talmud for Today

[The Talmud is the most important collection of the Jewish oral tradition interpreting the Torah (the first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures). One scholar compares reading the Talmud to looking at someone else’s notes of a lecture of a lecture you never attended.  Enjoy this second serving of the Talmud.  Feel free to share which of these quotations speak to you most.  The artwork can be found here.]

1. Just as the soul fills the body, so God fills the world.
Just as the soul bears the body, so God endures the world.
Just as the soul sees but is not seen, so God sees but is not seen.

2. The Divine Spirit does not reside in any except the joyful heart.

3. How many pens are broken,
how many ink bottles consumed,
to write about things that have never happened?

4. Every saint has a past and every sinner a future.

5. A person’s character can be judged by the way he handles three things:
his drink,
his money, and
his anger.
And some people say by the way he jokes as well.

[The beautiful illustration is courtesy of the Art Renewal Center. To read their mission statement, press HERE]


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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