Sunday, December 16, 2007

Balancing the Budget of the Temple

Even in this twilight of my tenure at Yad Vashem, one of the few subjects I still deal with is the budget: how to ensure that the budget of 2007 will be fully utilised, and that of 2008 correctly planned (tho that will be someone else's problem...). Last week in Poland some of my discussions with various Polish officials were influenced one way or the other by the approaching end of their budget year. And the previous week I was approached by an institution that wished me to join them in launching a project quickly, before year's end. (Actually, there were two such entities).

None of this is particularly modern, as witnessed by this morning's Daf Yomi, which dealt extensively with the budget of the Temple: which expenses can be written on which budget line, what can be done with surplus funds and how they can or cannot be invested - that sort of thing. As Yogi Berra said: deja vu all over again.
Ketubot 106a and b.

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