Monday, 28 January 2013
and encouraging donkeys to kick over lamps is one way to start trouble.
(while discussing rescuing sacred scrolls from a fire, and not the scrolls written by heretics, the talmud mentions the books of Abidon, a library where ideas and knowledge was debated. can scrolls be rescued from there in case of fire on shabbat? later on the page is a story of Imma Shalom setting up a Christian official who claimed didn't accept bribes. she gave him a lamp, and then asked him to rule if daughters could inherit. He ruled yes, the old rule of property only going to sons was now obsolute. Her brother, R. Gamliel, brought a donkey that kicked the lamp, and thus revealing his bias. it is an odd story. using a woman to prove that inheritance should only go to the males..... the law is an ass...
for english translation of this talmud page, see here)