Friday, 17 November 2017

makkot 12

no asylum for angels, only for people. 
who can repent and confess. 
Who can accept public honours, once they can accept and publicly admit to the past. 
no hiding.

Every so often daf yomi feels so relevant. Today in daf yomi, discusses someone who has killed accidentally, and is exiled to a city of refuge, can accept a public honour only once they have made a public statement that they are a murderer. And the public know that they are a murderer, and still want to honour them. There is something powerful here about atonement and turning one's life around. Earlier on in the page is a comment that the cities of refuge are for people only. Not angels. Angels cannot change their nature. But people potentially can. if they do genuine repentance, which involves confession. I note that the case discussed in the talmud is when the public want to honour someone. Not someone who is seeking honour. (and this is referring to someone who has killed unintentionally. so it is tricky to extrapolate to other transgressions that have an aspect of intentionality to them)

Thursday, 16 November 2017

makkot 11

WHEN DOES IT ALL END? harsh words & curses, rebuking silence, and the exiles that only end in death and restless bones.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

makkot 10

are the elders, the old ones, essential to a city? like water, markets, people & torah.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

makkot 9

from before the beginning there was intentional planning in the land's infrastructure for unintentional accidents. 

but ignorance is no defence.

Monday, 13 November 2017

makkot 8

danger zones

who permission for you to enter

and for the father to hit the son?

Sunday, 12 November 2017

makkot 7

the path to exile begins by going down. & if you want a 2nd chance, then go up 

(exile is the punishment for unintentional murder, but one is only exiled if one has caused death by a downward motion. This is contrasted earlier in the page about the accused flee after the verdict but before execution. If they go from Eretz Israel to outside, no need for a retrial if the original witnesses are known. If go to Israel, then do need to do a retrial. And thus setting a pattern of perpetrators running to Israel for mercy...)

Saturday, 11 November 2017

makkot 6

who can see who is infront of them

and who doesn't know what and who is behind them.