I like reading Jewish texts
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(recorded 4/7/06 @ 4:54:22 PM)
This terse and intriguing story comes from Chapter II (14b) of a tractate of the Babylonian Talmud called Hagigah. This passage deals with the celebration of holidays in Temple worship.
Four entered the garden, namely, Ben Azzai, Ben Zoma, Aher and Rabbi Akiva. Rabbi Akiva said to them: When you arrive at the (place of the) stones of pure marble, don't say, Water, Water! Because it is said: He who speaks falsehood will not stand before My eyes (Psalms 101:7). Ben Azzai looked and died. Scripture says about him: Blessed in the eyes of the Lord is the death of His righteous (Pslams 116:15). Ben Zoma looked and was afflicted. Scripture says about him: If you have found honey, eat (only) your fill, because if you become surfeited, you will vomit (Proverbs 25:16). Aher cut the shoots. Rabbi Akiva departed in peace.
If this isn't the best story ever, I don't know what is. Hag-i-gah!
/enlite laughs his intolerant, offensive ass off.
But seriously, here's the good part:
The second chapter (14b) starts with a statement that the laws concerning forbidden sexual relations are not to be discoursed upon the public. That statement goes on to say that cosmogony and mystical theory require even greater discretion. It further explains that beliefs are sacred, and not to be publicly debated or taught.
IT IS MADE CLEAR THAT MYSTICAL SPECULATION IS LESS APPROPRAITE TO SPEAK OF THAN MISCREANT SEXUAL ACTS.
Holy shit? WHAT?!?! NOT tell people about my faith? NOT get on television and proclaim victory of my country in the name of Jebus? You mean I SHOULDN'T stand up, raise my hands, and give you an "AMEN"???!!/1/1
Sweet perverted Lord, I would h a t e for you to see what we've done to your good intentions. Oh boy are we in for it.
OH: I posted a more important entry here. Make sure you read it, because when people post two at once, the first one is overlooked. Heh, don't feel bad, every one does it.
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