Saturday, 31 May 2008




Some of the models I've made along the years


Rabbi Simlai said, "Six hundred and thirteen commandments were given toMoses, 365 negative commandments, answering to the number of the days ofthe year, and 248 positive commandments, answering to the number of aman's members. Then David came and reduced them to eleven [Psalm 15].Then came Isaiah, and reduced them to six [Isaiah 63.15]. Then cameMicah, and reduced them to three [Micah 6.8]. Then Isaiah came again, andreduced them to two, as it is said, 'Keep ye judgment and dorighteousness.' Then came Amos, and reduced them to one, as it is said,'Seek me and live.' Or one may say, then came Habakkuk [2.4], and reducedthem to one, as it is said, 'The righteous shall live by his faith.'"

Makkot 23b-24a

Him who humbles himself, God exalts; him who exalts himself, God humbles;from him who searches for greatness, greatness flies; him who flies fromgreatness, greatness searches out: with him who is importunate withcircumstances, circumstance is importunate; by him who gives way tocircumstance, circumstance stands.

Erubin 13b

Happy are the righteous! Not only do they acquire merit, but they bestowmerit upon their children and children's children to the end of allgenerations, for Aaron had several sons who deserved to be burned likeNadab and Abihu, but the merit of their father helped them. Woe unto thewicked! Not alone that they render themselves guilty, but they bestowguilt upon their children and children's children unto the end of allgenerations. Many sons did Canaan have, who were worthy to be ordainedlike Tabi, the slave of Rabbi Gamaliel, but the guilt of their ancestorcaused them [to lose their chance].
Yoma 87a

And you shall love the Lord"--namely, you shall make the Lord beloved.
Yoma 86

Greater is he who acts from love than he who acts from fear.

Sota 31a

PSALM 91 (Pearls of Wisdom (2)

Chapter 91

This psalm inspires the hearts of the people to seek shelter under the wings of the Divine Presence. It also speaks of the four seasons of the year, and their respective ministering powers, instructing those who safeguard their souls to avoid them.

1. You who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, who abides in the shadow of the Omnipotent: 2. I say of the Lord who is my refuge and my stronghold, my God in whom I trust,
3. that He will save you from the ensnaring trap, from the destructive pestilence.
4. He will cover you with His pinions and you will find refuge under His wings; His truth is a shield and an armor.
5. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day;
6. the pestilence that prowls in the darkness, nor the destruction that ravages at noon.
7. A thousand may fall at your [left] side, and ten thousand at your right, but it shall not reach you.
8. You need only look with your eyes, and you will see the retribution of the wicked.
9. Because you [have said,] "The Lord is my shelter," and you have made the Most High your haven,
10. no evil will befall you, no plague will come near your tent.
11. For He will instruct His angels in your behalf, to guard you in all your ways.
12. They will carry you in their hands, lest you injure your foot upon a rock.
13. You will tread upon the lion and the viper; you will trample upon the young lion and the serpent.
14. Because he desires Me, I will deliver him; I will fortify him, for he knows My Name.
15. When he calls on Me, I will answer him; I am with him in distress. I will deliver him and honor him.
16. I will satiate him with long life, and show him My deliverance.
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