All You Are is Just Breach in the Wall

The Shikker Dovid y does not like the song,”We don’t Need Education” by Pink Floyd. It is so cliche. Today, in the daf, there was a discussion about a ‘breach in a wall” that potentially could mess the enclosure as a private domain. However, the breach is saved by small piece of the breached wall sticking out or jutting out into the airspace enough to close the breach. That little piece saves the wall according to one opinion.

Unlike the song, (all we are is just a brick in the wall), even small little things can be distinct and save the situation. If Pink Floyd is going to analogize people to bricks in the wall, then the Shikker Dovid is going to say, that we are like the little bits jutting out to make the difference and save “the enclosure.” We have the ability, even if we are small, to make a difference.

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3 Responses to All You Are is Just Breach in the Wall

  1. Anonymous says:

    reminds me of this story… Rabbi Akiba’s daughter once went to the market to buy things for the home. As she passed a group of star-gazers and fortune–tellers, one of them said to the other: “see that lovely girl? What a dreadful calamity is awaiting her! She is going to die on the very day of her wedding. Mark my word!”

    Rabbi Akiba’s daughter overheard the words of the star-gazer, but paid no attention to him. She had often heard it from her great father that he who observes the Mitzvoth of the holy Torah need fear no evil.

    As the happy day of her wedding approached, she had forgoten all about that star-gazer. On the day before her wedding, there was much to do, and at night she retired to bed, tired but happy. Before going to bed, she removed her golden hair-pin and stuck it in the wall, as she had done before.

    The following morning, she pulled her pin from the wall, and in doing so dragged a small but very poisonous snake with it. Horrified, she realized that she had killed the snake that was lurking in the wall’s crevice when she stuck the pin into the wall the night before. What a wonderful miracle!

    Then she remembered the words of the star-gazer, and shuddered.

    She heard a knock on the door. “Are you alright, daughter? I heard you shriek,” her father said. Then he saw the dead snake still dangling from the pin. She told her father what happened.

    “This is indeed a miracle,” Rabbi Akiba said. “Tell me, daughter, what did you do yesterday? There must have been some special Mitzvah that you performed yesterday to have been saved from this.”

    “Well, the only thing that I can remember was this. Last night, when everybody was busy with the preparations for my wedding, a poor man came in, but nobody seemed to notice him, so busy everbody was. I saw that the poor man was very hungry, so I took my portion of the wedding-feast and gave it to him.”

    Rabbi Akiba had always known that his daughter was very devoted to the poor, but this was something special, and he was very happy indeed. “Tzedoko (charity) delivereth from death,” he exclaimed.

  2. maltman says:

    Your reference to such gashmiyus — “treif” music is very off-putting. Look at what happened to Matisyahu. Please, think of the kinder before you post something like this again.

    • shikkerdovid says:


      I apologize. but I dont think i said the music was trief. I said the music was cliche. I certainly think all art and creatvity must be respected and given a forum.

      Again, if it was taken as the ShikkerDovid does not approve of that music, that was not the intent.


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