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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Whose Teva?

In the time of Techiyas HaMaisim, all of the tzadikim will return to the world. Question is whose world will they return to? For instance, the Rambam writes 2 perakim in MT, hilchos Dayos on good health practices, which are different than those written in the Talmud. Many of these health practices and facts are different than what we find today. The obvious answer is that nature has changed, nishtaneh hateva. These matters are halacha, so that good health is an obligation, not just avoiding illness. One could argue that cures are not relevant after Techiyas Hamaisim, but optimal health would still be.

The question is, when Talmudic Rabbis return, will they return to current nature or to nature as it was in their times? Will they require different halachas? Based on what? And if we change the halacha based on their nature, why is it anathema that we change halacha based on our changed nature? Why is that a nonfrum concept?

And while we are at it, will the planets continue to go around the sun or will they revert to nature at the time of the Rambam and go around the Earth, well roughly anyway? Or will nature revert to the Talmudic time and have the sun go through the rakia, eliminating all time zones and unifying the calculation of the entry and exit of Shabas for the entire world?


  • Here a good article

    just wanted to share


    By Anonymous Lori, at 2:57 AM  

  • Thanks Lori
    If this is the same Rabbi Mordechai Weiss that I knew many years ago, he is a very good man. Methinks he is in for trouble though, from those who questioned Bruno and Galileo.

    By Blogger Rebeljew, at 8:00 AM  

  • Somehow i feel that the Rabbis of the Talmud wouldn't mind finding out that nature isn't exactly as they imagined it...

    By Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der ┼íteg), at 3:29 PM  

  • We obviously will need two different types of doctors, old teva and new teva. Of course this would lead to two different types of medical schools, one that teaches modern medicine and the other to teach about blood-letting, and not eating meat with a fork that touched gefilte fish (really a much easier curriculum).
    Then we would need two different types of medical research facility. But wait, what happens when the old teva research discovers something new? Does it suddenly diappear, or does it immediately become new teva? My head hurts...

    By Blogger The Jewish Freak, at 8:51 AM  

  • We can convert the current magic medicine academies to old teva.

    OTD- old teva doctorate
    MD-SB - medical doctorate, science based
    MMD - magic medicine doctorate, specializing in homeopathy, naturaopathy, various oriental methods, acupuncture etc.

    By Blogger Rebeljew, at 10:03 AM  

  • RJ: Great idea! Then they will develop specialties and sub specialties such as: infectious disease doctors who treat disease caused by sponaneously generated organisms. Poison control specialists to treat those who ate meat with a fish fork. Endless possibilities! Maybe these doctors can even do some of their training in kollel, that is if they would ever be allowed to work. In the past, these medical giants have kept their remedies to themselves. Here's to hoping that "chazal could have built airplanes" crowd will finally unleash all of this amazing useful knowledge.

    By Blogger The Jewish Freak, at 10:46 AM  

  • It looks like the choice is either Noah's teva or Moshe's. So, which is better? Pitch or mud for the interior? Wood or reeds?

    By Blogger The Observer, at 12:17 PM  

  • Now these are real shailas IMuch more interesting than the stuff about when you can say the shema in the evening.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:14 AM  

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