My first recollection of encountering the Talmud was in one of my Jewish Studies classes in college. I didn’t research it much then, but made a note to go back and study it at a later date. Though it took several years for me to approach that “later date” it has finally arrived.
Today I was reading through various Proverbs and Rabbinic writings within the Talmud. I was struck by their richness and the many layers that a line or two can convey. (Proverbs have this effect, don’t they?) This realization hatched an idea – “Shouldn’t I regularly choose one to ruminate and meditate on, much as one would a Zen koen?” I decided immediately that this was/is a brilliant idea, and I shall add this to my practice. Today.