Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Do more

Just a line I came across this morning, and really liked:

The Talmud (Pesachim 112a) invokes a classic imperative:
הוי עז כנמר
Be bold like a leopard.

On this Rashi comments:
התחזק במצוה יותר משיכולת בידך
Strengthen yourself in a mitzvah beyond your abilities.

I find this compelling, and thought-provoking.

For further reading, I believe this ties into Beitzah 25b and Jewish boldness and Tosafot there on the caper bush; the Torah as עז in Zevachim 115b; and Sefer Chasidim 12, among other things.

1 comment:

  1. " forty for Binah..." (Yehudah ben Teima, Avot 5)