Friday, May 24, 2013

Animal Talmudika / Watch out for the Bite, the Sting, and the Hiss of the Biblical Prophets

Beware [of the Prophets]...for their bite is the bite of a Fox, their sting is the sting of a Scorpion, their hiss is the hiss a Serpent, and all their words are like fiery coals.

- Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) 2:10

Friday, May 17, 2013

Ouch! Stung to Death from Above and Below in the Talmud

Animal Midrash / There is Even a Reason for Why God Created Flies



Even Flies, parasites, and microbes have their purpose to fulfill and there is nothing superfluous in God's Creation.


- Midrash, Genesis Rabba 10





Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Animal Talmudika / Sarcasm of the Serpent

At some future time all the animals will gather and question the Serpent: 'The Lion attacks and devours; the Wolf tears and consumes; what advantage do you possess''? And the Serpent will answer them: 'What advantage is given those who over-use their tongue?'

- Babylonian Talmud, 'Arachin 15b

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Animal Talmudika / Dreams of the Lion

If one sees a Lion in his dream he should rise early and say: 'The Lion hath roared, who will not fear?' before another verse occurs to him, 'A Lion has gone up from his hiding place.' 

- Babylonian Talmud, Berakoth 56b

Animal Talmudika / Dreams of the Donkey

If one sees a Donkey in a dream, he may hope for salvation, as it says, 'Behold thy king cometh unto thee, he is triumphant and victorious, lowly and riding upon a Donkey.'

- Babylonian Talmud, Berakoth 56b

Monday, May 6, 2013

Why is Anal Sex Called Sodomy? Jewish Midrash (Genesis Rabbah) Provides the Answer...

Rabbi Menahema said in Rabbi Bibi's name: "The Sodomites made an agreement among themselves that whenever a stranger visited them they would forcibly rape him anally and then rob him of his money; even him of whom it is written, 'That they may keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice', they would use him like a beast of burden and rob him of his money."

- Midrash, Genesis Rabbah 50