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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Lions & Snakes

According to Avrohom Blumenkrantz, the Ari (Isaac Luria) would only hold his seder at a four-legged table. If anyone can explain this to me, I would appreciate it.

Also, Blumenkantz says that if an Ashkenazi starts eating kitniyot, he will be bitten by a snake. (I am not making this up).


At 2:35 PM, Blogger Dan Rabinowitz said...

Is Blumenkraz citing the Ari for the snake bite as well. This ignores that at various times in history Ashkenazim ate kitnoyot. The majority of time it was out of necessity, however, one entire community did away with kitnoyot and as far as I am aware, there were no recorded snake bites. The community in question, Westphalia had as its head R. Menhem Steinhart who justified the switch in his book Divrei Iggerot Roedelheim 1812.

At 4:16 PM, Blogger Mar Gavriel said...

Fascinating, Dan! I'm going to check that book.

At 5:56 PM, Blogger Tam said...

No, he wasn't citing the Ari.

At 10:09 PM, Blogger manuscriptboy said...

ופורץ גדר ישכנו נחש

At 4:38 AM, Blogger Tam said...

Y'know, we just read Kohelet. I should have picked up on that.

At 4:39 AM, Blogger Tam said...

Is that a common interpretation of that pasuk?


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