Friday, 21 June 2013
Eruvin began with defining a doorway, looking to different doorways within the Mikdash, temple to determine the definitions of the archetype door. And Eruvin ends with who should enter different domains of the temple in order to remove sources of impurity.
entering and exiting the temple. and in-between the discussion in Eruvin has been involved with defining domains, boundaries, thresholds and structures. How to share domains and resources with neighbours in order to live together in the world, starting and finishing with the Temple, the place where God dwells in the world.
So goodbye Eruvin. it's been interesting in parts, tedious in others, and very very repetitive.
there have been many times when I thought I needed to stop this crazy project. I fell behind a day or 2, and the quality varied hugely, some drawings were definitely better then others. There were interesting discussions about defining domains and boundaries, with fascinating insights into how people lived and formed neighbourhoods. But a lot of the discussions were tedious and repetitive... many was the time over the last couple of months I wondered why I was bothering doing this. But doing this strange activity of daf yomi, learning a page of Talmud a day, has become part of my daily routine. The debates and ideas from the day's page sit with me as I go through my day. and after Eruvin, I will never look at courtyards, alleyways, houses, etc in quite the same way.