“From the end of the earth I call out to You when my heart becomes faint; on the rock that is higher than I, You lead me. For You were a shelter for me, a tower of strength in the face of the enemy.”
i’ve decided that this blog was rooted in an intrinsically bad idea. finding humor (intentional or unintentional) in the talmud is fine but doing it in a public forum where it can so easily be misconstrued or co-opted was a mistake.
my final, personal feelings:
- the talmud is not weird, alien, or threatening.
- as jews, we should not be ashamed of it, contemptuous of it, or cartoonishly reverent of it.
- nonjews, i beg you to not try to find vindication of your own religious or irreligious beliefs (or evidence of sinister jewish malfeasance) in it.
- rabbi yochanan was a sexy sexy man
i hereby turn over all future talmud humor to the cucumber wizards of generations yet to come.