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Shabbat 127: Giving Credit Even If It Isn’t Due

Muktzah does appear! R. Yehudah HaNasi cleared the baskets, but not actually himself – an example of what it meant to be the Nasi. Also: That passage about moving the baskets for the sake of the guests rolls into a discussion about hachnasat orchim – hospitality. Which rolls into the beraita that lists the mitzvot for which we real the real rewards in the World to Come, though they seem to focus on the here-and-now. As well as the interplay between bein adam la-chaveiro (human-focused mitzvot) and those that, underlying all the humanity, are a matter of giving honor to God, our partnership in keeping mitzvot. Plus: Another list, of the comparable, mitzvot. Leading into judging our fellow people favorably…. and the Talmud’s stories on successful giving the benefit of the doubt. With the lesson of avoiding cynicism, and approaching others with positivity. Even if you’re wrong, and are giving too much credit where it isn’t even due. Note also the obligation to pay a day-laborer on time, that same day, and how judging favorably kicks in as part of the employer/employee dynamic.


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Anne and Yardaena

Anne Gordon is the deputy editor of Ops & Blogs at The Times of Israel. She is a veteran educator, having taught in high school and post-high school institutions in Israel and America for several decades. Yardaena Osband is a pediatrician and teaches in her community and online. They both hail from Boston, proud alumna of Maimonides School, where they first learned Gemara. Talking Talmud is their conversation (via podcast) on the daf yomi. They say: "Learning the daf? We have something for you to think about. Not learning the daf? We have something for you to think about! (Along with a taste of the daf...) Join the conversation with us!"
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