Monday, September 12, 2005

Verses of Talmud for so-called self-hating Jews

(it's clickable)

Its pretty obvious that one can cherry-pick through a vast corpus like the Talmud and rabbinic literature to find nearly any opinion, or something that resembles it. Yes, I do it sometimes too--but I'm not sure the response to this unfortunate phenomenon is to arm yet more people with more talking points, more "famous" Talmudic sayings they can use to support any position, political or otherwise.

(For some reason I'm reminded of "Tzedek tzedek tirdof" (Deut. 16:20), from last week's sidra, which happens to have thirteen words in that verse, not three; you can look it up).

And what the heck is a "verse of Talmud"?

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