Thursday, April 14, 2005

“Woe to the house that has vegetables passing through it”

Disclaimer: My reading of the text is not a personal attack on anyone’s particular eating habits. I am just reporting some of my musings on an aspect of yesterday’s דף.

אוי לו לבית שהלפת עוברת בתוכו. איני? והא אמר ליה רבא לשמעיה: כי חזית לפתא בשוקא - לא תימא לי: במאי כרכת ריפתא! אמר אביי: מבלי בשר; ורבא אמר: מבלי יין. איתמר, רב אמר: מבלי בשר; ושמואל אמר: מבלי עצים; ורבי יוחנן אמר: מבלי יין.
On :ברכות מ"ד, the סתם expounds on a series of warnings about food consumption. Among the list is the idea that a house with vegetables passing through should be concerned. When I first looked at this text, I felt the סתם was presenting the culmination of some form of warning against vegetarianism. There is discussion of the ill effects of eating raw vegetables and not completely grown foods. Furthermore, the גמרא also discusses the positive powers of eating meat and fish. The גמרא sees a sympathetic effect of eating נפש providing a renewed vitality in a person. The discussion then leads into this last piece, where people are warned about having a house without alternatives to vegetables, be it meat, wine or even a better cooking system.

I leave this open to debate as another situation, ala the תלמיד חכם, of a difficult non-halachic statement from the גמרא. Can we figure out if there is any means of including statements of this nature in our lives? Or should we say, ‘that’s an interesting perspective… lets move on?”


At Thursday, 14 April, 2005, Blogger DKP said...

I read the lines about eating meat as imaginative form of thinking based on the idea that we are and become what we eat. Even if current nutritional science would find their advice primitive, we can still take this basic truth with us.

At Saturday, 08 October, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you ever seen Asparagus this BIG
They grow up to 15in long and 2in wide.


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