Sunday, April 06, 2003

Some scholars are less rational than others. I offer for your reading pleasure this piece of brilliant logic:

Writers on Anglo-Jewish history from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries have suggested that Jews first visited England in company with the Phoenicians about the time of King Solomon....That there may have been some connection between the inhabitants of Devon and Cornwall and the dwellers on the Palestinian coast line is shown by food habits which they still hold in common. Both areas use saffron in cooking, particularly in the baking of cakes. -Rabbi Dr. Bernard Susser

Since I discovered when flipping around the above-linked webpage that the Rabbi has passed on, I will attempt to be merciful in my commentary. Nevertheless, I do feel obliged to point out that the common use of saffron is not conclusive proof of the arrival of Jews on the island of Britain during the Roman period.

Meanwhile, all my apartment needs is a good priest to prove that it has leprosy. We will have to find a Kohen (hereditary Jewish caste of priests; anyone you know by the name of Cohen almost certainly belongs to the caste) to inspect the greenish streaks on the walls. Now, of course, the cleansing is a messy process involving wood, bird-blood and red yarn, with demolition in the most extreme cases. I suspect they don't actually know what species of bird the Hebrew word belongs to, so the apartment is pretty safe from bird-blood. (Better not to do it at all than to do it wrong, Jewish custom says... we stopped putting blue threads in our tallitot, prayer shawls, because we forgot how to make the specific dye the Bible calls t'cheilet.) That still leaves the green streaks..

No birds have been harmed in the writing of this entry.


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