Monday, 28 January 2013

shabbat 115

 it is better for an amulet to be destroyed in fire than dissolved in water.

(in discussion about rescuing sacred scrolls from a fire on shabbat, the text quotes a baraita that rules that one does not rescue amulets, even those with God's name written on them. This leads to those who write amulets being seen as burners of Torah scrolls. R. Yishmael was informed of someone who was writing amulets, he investigated and the scribe destroyed the amulets in water. actively destroying God's name. for english translation of this talmud page, see here)

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