Thursday, June 05, 2008

no time

Sorry blogging has been spotty - too busy right now to get this topic done. Hope to have more time at some point soon.


  1. And I seriously was expecting a post on theology. Lemaa'alah min hazman and all that.

  2. The idea of "having more time at some point" boggles the mind. A 'point' describes a locus in the physical world, but is infinitely small. Even if you were to have more time at some point, it would be pointless, because there would be nowhere to go. On the other hand, you would have plenty of time to try to get somewhere.

    Come to think of it, this sounds like how I feel when I have to prepare a dvar Torah.

  3. In the mishkan, there were 5 amos on either side of the aron. Even though the mishkan was 10 amos wide, and the aron itself has width.

    Barzilai: You seem to be describing the temporal equivalent.


  4. Actually there is a Rogatchover that discusses time from the perspective of the elyonim, where it is nekudah achas, a single point, and therefore infinite, vs. time as we perceive it. He resolves issues like yediya / bechira with this split.

  5. Next time I say that I hope to have "more time at some point," I'll have to mention the Rogotchover.
    I once tried to say an Einsteinian mehalach about the Aron that tied its weightlessness and its disassociation from location and its content of Torah together, and I got fried by a Professor of physics from Cal Tech.

  6. Anonymous11:35 AM

    the tifferet yisrael you quoted is ch 27
    [not as you wrote]
    i am planning on quoting that too

  7. The Sifsei Chaim has made life a lot easier for us, hasn't it? I used it also, at a ne'ilas hachag that doubled as a siyum on Nazir; the topic was the Gemara in Pesachim about Shavuos.

    By the way, I saw a Sforno in Devorim 16:8 and Vayikra 23:36 that points out that while the word "Atzeres" automatically means Shvu'os to us, as used in Pesochim there, in Chumash the word Atzeres is never used for Shvu'os, only for Shemini and the last day of Pesach. I find that fascinating: that Chazal borrowed the word and applied it where the Torah never uses it.