Saturday, February 20, 2010

Holidays: For Gd or for us?


"Rabbi Eliezer said: The only thing one does on Yom Tov is eat and drink or sit and learn.

"Rabbi Yehoshua said: Split it; take half for eating and drinking, and half for study.

"Rabbi Yochanan said: Both learned from the same text. One verse says, “A celebration for HaShem, your Gd,” and another verse says, “A celebration for you.” Rabbi Eliezer understood that to mean the day would be entirely for HaShem or entirely for you, and Rabbi Yehoshua understood it to mean we split it, half for HaShem and half for you."

(Talmud, Pesachim 68b)

Have a great day,

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