Table Talk

Oy such nachas I am shepping….I think….nope, not yet. Sitting at supper tonight the kids were talking about their day etc, and they got into a very deep discussion about what hurts more – having your arm cut off or having it burnt off with acid. Apparently this is a discussion in Gemara. Rashi has opined, according to my little scholars, that acid hurts less, so those that are punished for a crime by being sentenced to lose their arm, would get to choose to have their arm lopped off by a sharp knife, or burned off with acid. Most chose acid. What a choice??!!


My chicken sat forlornly on my plate….the others around the table, being people of the puerile variety, had no such issues, and munched and crunched while discussing the merits of either punishment.


I know I should be proud, perhaps after I finish digesting the meal and the conversation I will be able to dredge up some pride for my kids who actually listened once in class.


Boys boys boys!!

7 responses to “Table Talk

  1. I think that someone should gather all the gory references in shas and compile them into one masechet, specifically to engage young adolescents who are fascinated by such things. It could be called masechet mius ma’ases.

  2. great idea – my kids would lap it up. shudder.

  3. I cannot believe I’m even entering this discussion, but I’m truly surprised…
    I’d have thought lopping it off in one fell swoop to be less painful than a “slow burn”…
    Maybe this is why I don’t learn gemara….

  4. lady lock and load

    Should I be happy that I never had boys?

  5. G6 – maybe “female” logic doesnt come into it?

    Lady LnL – i am sure girlies can be just as gross, but about different subjects…

  6. Agreed, acid is easier to take.

  7. lol crazy…so long as their okay with it, that’s what counts. It’s good they don’t get spooked out by it, otherwise they wouldn’t be able to learn it.

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