Parts A & B
1. Parts A and B look awfully familiar. Why do you think the rabbis brought two such similar teachings?
2. Why specifically David and Moses? Who does David represent to you? Moses?
3. Why does Moses merit to the leader of the Israelites? What necessary qualities did he demonstrate with the lamb?
4. What makes someone a good leader? Why is this demonstrated here specifically with an animal and not a person?
All of Source #2
5. How might this teaching be relevant in our day?
Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi (Rabbi Judah the Prince) was the most significant rabbinic leader of his generation, editor of the first collection of rabbinic writings, the Mishnah (~200ce).
1. Give a title to parts A and B.
2. What do you think the rabbis are trying to teach us with Source #3? Do you agree? Why or Why not?
3. What does this source ad to our discussion?
1. We find a fresh use of the cow imagery. In this Talmudic lesson, three distinct images arise: the calf, the heifer, and the cow's milk. What does each one represent?
2. Does this new association of the cow impact our self-understanding? Why or why not?