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According to those who say that only Miriam, Bilgah’s daughter, became apostate, is it right that the Bilgah family should be punished for his daughter?

Abayi said, “Yes.  As people say, ‘what a child speaks in the street, it has heard either from its father or from its mother.'”

But must the whole household be punished for the sin of her father and mother?

Abayi said, “Woe be to the wicked, and woe be to his neighbor; well be to the righteous, and well be to his neighbor, as it is written [Is. iii. 10]: “Say  to the righteous, that he has done well; for the fruit of their doings they will eat.”

Sukkah Chapter 5


13 January in History

In 1778, today was the birthdate of Sir Isaac Goldsmid. A Sephardic Jew, Goldsmid was a prominent London banker who was a founder of the University of London. He passed away in 1859.

8 Shevat in History

The last of the Elders (z’keinim) who were contemporaries of Joshua and outlived him, passed away in the year 2533 after creation. They were part of the chain of Torah transmission as listed at the beginning of Ethics of the Fathers: “Moses received the Torah from Sinai and gave it over to Joshua. Joshua gave it over to the Elders, the Elders to the Prophets…”

In ancient times, this day was marked as a fast day.

When R. Zara was on bad terms with any person, he would walk by him repeatedly, that the other might change his heart, and appease him.

Yoma Chapter 8


Today (13 September) Michelangelo begins work on his statue of David in 1503.

It was on 5 Tishrei that Naftali, son of Jacob and Bilhah, was born and passed away.

5 Tishrei also marks the day when the great Talmudic sage, Rabbi Akiva, was taken captive by the Romans in the year 3894 from creation (134 CE).

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