In honor of the birthday this week (Hebrew) of Harmon Shragge, one of the most giving people I know.
There’s a story in the Talmud about Rabbi Akiva’s encounter with Roman governor Tarnus Rufus. The latter asks the rabbi, “If your God loves the poor, why doesn’t he help them? If you believe that God made them that way, then giving them money is going against God’s will!”
Question for your table: What would you guess was Rabbi Akiva’s reply?
PS – your movie of the week is about that uplifting topic of the national debt: IOUSA
(please don’t shoot the messenger!)
And if you missed last week’s most amazing film, here's an encore: