Tuesday, 22 January 2013
tying and untying
some things are easy to untie, but not everything is reversible.
some cures are hazardous to future life. so, only give it to old women
(the prohibition on tying, and untying, permanent knots on the sabbath. but ones that can be untied with one hand are ok. earlier in the page is a discussion about a cure for jaundice that has the side-effect of sterility. as castration is prohibited, this cure is considered only suitable for old people who are no longer fertile. but old men have been known to have their youth restored. just for old women then. for english translation of the full talmud page, see here)