Monday, 21 January 2013

shabbat 110

snakes and women's bodies

how many times would a woman have to be shouted at, in an attempt to heal her, before she prefers the company of snakes?

(on this talmud page snakes seem to be sexually aggressive to women, her alternative sexual partner. and described is a the cure for how to lure out a snake that has entered a woman. also on this page are the many many alternative cures for a zavah, a woman who is having a non-menstrual bloody discharge. part of some of the cures, including drinking various potions, is frightening her and shouting "Stop your discharge!" ...because yelling is always going to help.... for english translation of this talmud page, see here)

some days I really enjoy learning talmud. and some days I don't. today is one of the latter...


  1. Insane daf; beautiful illustration.

    1. thank you shir!
      tomorrow is castration and groin pain. perhaps the zavah had the last laugh..