Sunday, December 18, 2005

(In)Sanity Excercise-or- Mixing Mass Media with Mishnah Makes a Mess.

I was hanging out at a friends house for Shabbat when I got bored. So, I started reading everything in sight. First I picked up The Chumash and read out of Bereshis/Genesis (man...that Joseph and his wacky wardobe...) Then I picked up a magazine. Since I was in a house full of women the only available magazine at the Time was 'Cosmopolitan.' The biggest feature was an article on, what else? sex positions. After reading an article on "What he's really saying" I felt a small pop in my head and figured "Cosmo" had caused enough brain damage and I put it down. I then picked up the Talmud Bavli and started reading I read quite a bit and I discovered something interesting and you can try this in your house.....A little experiment

Perform the following tasks in order:

  1. Read Chumash. At least one parsha, the parsha of the week would be good(Preferably the Hebrew if you can, if not the English, but try to at least read the Hebrew text and sound out the words. Also read the commentary, as much as you can)
  2. Next. Read the most recent issue of Cosmopolitan. US Weekly, or Elle will work as substitutes.
  3. Next. Read out of the Gemara. English translation will be fine. Most people don't know Aramaic.
  4. Then sit down. and think about all that you have read that day.

...If performed correctly, blood will spurt out of your ears.

Don't believe me...?

...Try it.

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    Blogger XVI (R) - NY said...

    I had a mildly similar experience in which my uncle was over for shabbos lunch. We got into a fairly philisophical discussion about gematrya (numerical equivalents of hebrew letters) and how innate they were to the character of the letters themselves and the functions they perform, both linguistically and mathematically. Perhaps 5 minutes later I was reading up on how K-Fed was demanding $130 million from britney in their breakup, courtesy of US weekly. after that, i went to do the daf, and suffered a severe concussion. Not quite blood from the ears, but mental trauma all the same.

    Sunday, December 18, 2005 5:40:00 PM  

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    Blogger XVI (R) - NY said...

    and dont tell NYers because they like to believe they are getting news, but I have a sneaking suspicion that youd get similar results when reading the Post. If anyone performs this experiment please let me know the results. I know a doctor who would be very interested in publishing the findings.

    Sunday, December 18, 2005 5:42:00 PM  

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    Blogger elder punk of zion said...

    i breakup my dafs will lil punks bitul torah.

    Sunday, December 18, 2005 5:45:00 PM  

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    Blogger BrownsvilleGirl said...

    I would like to point out that you can eliminate steps 1, 3, and 4 and still arrive at the same result. :)

    Monday, December 19, 2005 1:20:00 PM  

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