Thursday, 13 September 2012

brachot 43

the sweet scent of a scholar who goes out at night alone with his torch.

just him and his shadow can chase the demons away.

(discussion about the blessing over scent. Rav Zutra bar Toviya said that Rav said: the young men of Israel will emit a sweet smell. he also said that if someone goes out at night with a torch it is like 2 people and therefore not vulnerable to demons. later in the daf it is noted that it is unfitting for Torah scholars to go out perfumed, or alone at night... for risk of appearing homosexual and promiscuous. for english translation of this talmud page, see here and apologies to jean-paul gautlier)

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