Sunday, 10 February 2013

shabbat 129

(bloodletting diagram from 1517)

'red replaces red' - drinking wine post-bloodletting. may not help you but drinking til it comes out your ears and your spleen is swimming in wine, you probably won't notice the damage.

(bloodletting. the days of the week and month that would be dangerous to do this. and what to do after one's bloodletting session. it is bizarre to think today that this was a cure, and remained part of medicine even up to 19th century. today bloodletting and cutting to relieve pain is called self-harming. for english translation of this talmud page, see here)

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