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Barry Camson
I am an organization development consultant, trainer and management professor focusing on collaboration, networks and sustainability. Taught in U.S. and Israeli MBA and graduate programs, attorney. Living in Haifa, Israel.
Interests: travel, sailing, opera and classical music, photography, the Red Sox
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So, we are still speaking of boundries. Now it's not inside of the house and outside, it is the boundaries between spouses in bed. How far apart, whether clothed or not. What can happen to you if you cross this boundar? It is the boundary between being clean and unclean.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2020 at Talmudic Wanderings
I like that this conversation has included both the details of the malacha and found itself moving into our social obligations to other human beings. I admit that I would not have got there on my own. I would have been focused on the details. I like that we have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2020 at Talmudic Wanderings
I would like to pay attention to the source of the primary, Biblical prohibition which I see discussed in this sugya. I am always curious where we get specific, practical Halachic prohibitions from with regard to Malachot on Shabbat. I gather they all have to do with building the Mishkan.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2020 at Talmudic Wanderings
I shared my previous post on Consciousness with my teacher and friend Rabbi Zev. I share his response here because I believe that his post applies to all of us. I value a great deal what I learn from Zev. Often I spend a long time thinking about what he... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2020 at Talmudic Wanderings
I have nothing to say that would equal the profundity of instructions on the topic of defecation in today's daf. However, the comments in the Gemara about one's safety in a latrine reminded me of an event in my own life. This event took place when I was on a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2020 at Talmudic Wanderings
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Ever since I learned (sort of) the definition of the word exegetical, I have been preoccupied with how one derives meaning from a Biblical text. I figure everyone has to have a hobby. Then you add to that the reality of Talmud and it all seems to cry out for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2020 at Talmudic Wanderings
I feel like doing a Riff on my previous post about the evolution of consciousness. The question was raised in a true Talmudic manner as to what I meant by "consciousness." Another question was raised as to whether consciousness evolves. In response to these comments, I have tried to attain... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2020 at Talmudic Wanderings
It is easy to get caught up in the many details of the Talmud some of which seem strange or archaic to us as people living in the 21st century. I would like to suggest a different view: The Talmud as an expression of the evolution of human consciousness. What... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2020 at Talmudic Wanderings
The question that I had when reading 60 (a) was what if I want to recite Shehecheyanu. The makloket seemed to be over whether I would be required to recite this blessing. Rather than getting caught up in whether I bought, returned, and again bought an item; what if I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2020 at Talmudic Wanderings
The Gemara says, "On mountains and hills, and on seas and on rivers and on deserts, one says, Blessed are You...Who makes the work of Creation." The Gemara cites a Baraisa: The Rabbis taught: "One who sees the sun at the beginning of its cycle, the moon in its mightiness,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2020 at Talmudic Wanderings
I assume that by now we are used to the fact that the discussion in the Gemara goes from one topic to another and then on to another. Sometimes, this happens as if the writers of the Gemara are executing hair-pin turns. Sometimes, I feel as if I am getting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at Talmudic Wanderings
Previously, I discussed one aspect of this sugya that dealt with blessings over kisnin bread and wine and how the blessing over the bread varied based on how much one ate and over the wine based on when in the non-Shabbat or Holiday meal one drank it. Pursuing this a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at Talmudic Wanderings
I am struck by the role of purpose and intention in this sugya. It reminds me of the prior discussion of whether something was food or medicine. My comments here are based on the text of the Gemara as well as the commentary in the Schottenstein edition. 42(a) says that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at Talmudic Wanderings
In Berachot 58, the Rabbis of the Talmud make the case for Diversity. The Gemara says, "If one sees multitudes of Jews, he says: Blessed are you...the Sage of Secrets." The Schottenstein commentary elaborates on this. "There are 600,000 types of intellectual aptitude. Thus, a crowd of 600,000 presumably includes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at Talmudic Wanderings
There are so many possible meanings in the world, which one do we choose? Like the politician who senses the angst of the population and says, "pay attention to this meaning." Then all those who are suffering or think they are suffering say, "this is the meaning of our life,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at Talmudic Wanderings
Two scholars were linked together by the same dream (Abaye and Rava) but were separated by different interpretations offered by the same interpreter. (Bar Hedya). Gemara: "The realization of all dreams follows the mouth." The interpretation of a dream depends upon the interpretation accorded it. My comment: Until the mouth... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at Talmudic Wanderings
Could the Rabbis in the Talmud in reference to this sugya be telling us not just about the interpretation of individual dreams but offering us a guide to the interpretation of the much larger dream that is the Talmud? Our text sets out the following: "There were twenty-four interpreters of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at Talmudic Wanderings
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There certainly are a lot of things to bless in his sugyot. There is a long list of miracles from this sugyot to bless. In addition to a number of other things to bless, there are mountains, thunder, winds, lightning, the Mediterranean Sea and even earthquakes to bless. I like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at Talmudic Wanderings
Here are a few ideas from Emmanuel Levinas on Berachot 53(b)4 on the following passage: "Greater is the one who says grace than the one who answers Amen. But, don't we have a baraita? Rabbi Jose taught: 'He who answers Amen is greater than he was says grace?' Rabbi Hehorai... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at Talmudic Wanderings
The Talmud is a text that functions symbolically. It is truth in action that conveys meaning. What role does the cup of blessing play here with those who would hold it or hold onto it? What is its meaning? 51(a)3: One takes the cup of blessing with both hands and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at Talmudic Wanderings
I am continuing to make my way through "The Burnt Book" by Marc-Alain Ouaknin which I find to be an incredibly deep and challenging book. One chapter enables me to have a deeper perspective on the Shemoneh-Esreh though the chapter focuses on many things. The chapter's point of entry is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at Talmudic Wanderings
I have had the benefit of learning Talmud in a variety of settings over the years from amidst my friends in a "traditional egalitarian minyan" to learning in a mixed class with an orthodox rabbi friend of mine to learning with an orthodox Kollel rabbi, etc. etc. We even had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at Talmudic Wanderings