I’m going through a list, and some of them are actually quite good, yet I have a difference of opinion with some:
The Talmud – “Sinful thoughts are even more dangerous than sin itself.”
King David – If your thought is to steal fresh tomatoes, buy some instead, then mix it with eggs the next day.
Talmud – “No Israelite is allowed to lend usuriously to a non-Israelite.”
K.D. – Why even indulge in usurious behaviour to begin with? And it doesn’t matter what ethnic background you are.
Talmud – “When the castle goes to ruin, castle is still its name; when the dunghill rises, still it is a dunghill.”
K.D. – Actually, it’s time to move on when a house is no longer. We need to do something else, than dwell in the past. Forget about those dunghills, and you can shovel if it’s a nuisance by your house.
Talmud – “First correct thyself, then correct others.”
K.D. – Why correct others, unless of course you think they might need help.
Talmud – “Whoever destroys a single life is as guilty as though he had destroyed the entire world and whoever rescues a single life earns as much merit as though he had rescued the entire world.”
K.D. – Killers are pieces of dung, yet mass murderers are more dangerous. If you see three people needing rescuing, try to save them all. If you see 50 needing rescuing, same thing and look for help.
Talmud – “Live well. It is the greatest revenge.”
K.D. – Live well. It is your gift for eternity.
Talmud – “All the blessings of a household come through the wife, therefore should her husband honour her.”
K.D. – Relax, and just be friends, okay? Then kiss and maybe plan a weekend ski vacation.”
Talmud – “He that gives should never remember, he that receives should never forget.”
K.D. – Don’t try to suppress your memories, and if they should vanish, then so be it. Who cares, and don’t be hard on yourself. And I’m trying to remember what I gave my family for the holidays, because I think it’s an enjoyable thing to do.
Talmud – “He alone is poor who does not possess knowledge”
K.D. – He alone is low in love if all he does is want to hurt others.
Talmud – “Until a child is one year old it is incapable of sin.”
K.D. – We don’t have to do immoral behaviour regardless.
Talmud – “You can educate a fool, but you cannot make him think.”
K.D. – You can help him learn how to think clearly, yet don’t push him.