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We are better than this (Daf Yomi Eruvin 86)

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“One of this status deserves to be honored in accordance with his riches.”

What is interesting about today’s Daf Yomi is the reverence for wealth. We know some of the Rabbis were not secure economically. The notes in the Koren edition of the Talmud tells us that Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi was very well-off and encouraged respect for wealth so that he would not be perceived to derive personal benefit from his study of the Torah. This is not the image of the poor Torah scholar that I had envisioned all along as I made my way through the first three Tractates.

A man called Bonyas appears in today’s reading who owned a lavish courtyard. He is of the wealthy class that can afford furnishing his courtyard with expensive patio furniture where one can sit and have tea under the acacia trees. Bonyas’ property was so immense that he allowed various people who were homeless to take up residence there. Perhaps they lost their homes during a pandemic or never had a secure place to live to start with. Of course, this being Tractate Eruvin, the consequences of his wealth are viewed through the prism........

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