Audio Roundup 2020:6

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by Joel Rich

Why did chazal consider davening haneitz as preferable? What’s best practice for someone who wakes up two hours before haneitz (when should they daven? what else should they do?)?

Is Daf Yomi the Answer?

“V. Reach Your Potential

The Gemara (Pesachim 50a) says that R. Yehoshua Ben Levi died or came very close to death. When he was revived, he said that he had seen an upside-down world – the lowly in this world were high there, and the high here were low there. Rav Moshe Di Trani, known as the Mabit (Beis Elokim, introduction), interprets this report about Torah scholars. He explains that everyone is born with certain abilities. Someone who is a top scholar in this world may actually be fulfilling only a fraction of his capability while a low student may be surpass-ing his natural abilities. In Heaven, we appear based on our relative accomplishments, how much we achieve compared to our abilities, rather than our external achievements.”

Me-That’s what I worry about personally. I wonder how many folks ask themselves if they’ve even come close to their potential?
In the daf world as a community (of course this would require defining community goals), how do we evaluate the plus for those who would do less versus the minus for those who could do more?

Please direct any informal comments to [email protected].

About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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