Rav said, “For four things the property of householders becomes destroyed:

1.  When they keep workers, and do not pay them in time;

2.  For denying the wages due to a hired worker;

3.  When people remove a responsibility from themselves and pass it off to someone else;

4.  For arrogance.

Arrogance is the worst of all.

Of the modest it is written [Ps. xxxvii. 11]: “But the modes will inherit the land, and will delight themselves because of the abundance of peace.”

Sukkah Chapter 2



1.  What do these 4 items have to do with each other?

2.  Is the punishment a result of the behavior or a direct punishment?



24 October in History

The Five Academies comprising the Institute of France held their annual meeting today. Among the presenters was M. Holely of the Academy of Fine Arts, composer of the “Wandering Jew” who read “an interminable discourse on Frohberger, a German organist whom no ever heard of, and whom the writer himself acknowledge was snuffed out by Handel.


17 Cheshvan 5771

The rains began to fall on the 17th of Cheshvan of the year 1656 from creation (2105), flooding the earth and rising above the highest mountains. Only Noah and his family survived, in the ark built to that end by Divine command, and a pair of each animal species, who entered with him into the ark.