Thoughts on Judaism

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Daf Yomi - chulin 105

A treasure trove of entertaining superstition to be sure. I wonder if Abaye snickered through the entire thing or rolled his eyes.

My questions:

Is there a special employment agency for demons, like the one hired by Rav Papa? Are they unionized?

What is the correct spell for counteracting a spell that stops a ship from moving? If one uses the wrong spell, do they have to answer to Prof. Flitwick or Prof. McGonnegal? Had the Rabanim not know the proper spell, would it have helped that they did not eat vegetables bundled by a gardener? Or did that just allow the spell to work? Do you have to do the precautionary superstition AND know the spell as well?

What is catarrh (Soncino) caused by drinking water? Why did it have foam on top? What the heck was in the water back then? Ewwwwwwwwwwww!

If the demon had been in the private domain when the men placed the barrel on his ear, would they have had to pay him from hefker? How did Rav Papa pay his demon? Also from hefker?

Did you know that you do not have to pour off water from every cup, only from the first of the barrel, in order to keep the demon affected water away.

Why isn't this blatt the first one that is taught to a prospective kiruv target?


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