Sunday, September 21, 2008
Tripping over the Mishna
One of the joys of studying Jewish texts while in Israel is that the most ordinary of things can spark connections in your mind to the Holy texts you've been studying. Above is a plain, old hole in the ground at a gas station Minna went by this morning. But its seemingly prosaic warning sign -- סכנה, בור פחוח/Danger, open hole! -- made Minna think of the much-studied Mishnaic passages that concern the laws of damages, including what happens when something falls into a hole. . . . Don't think too much of the Mishna while you're walking, Minna -- don't fall in the hole!