Mensch of Letters
Ep 1 - The Unending Misery of Being a Supernatural Fan
July 09, 2021
Jules and Iscah
This week: Dean has two nickels, the timelines are already a little mysterious, a Hannibal/geography tangent, tricking vampires into going to a mikveh, and the narrative is not in the CW.
(Supernatural Season 1, Episodes 1, 2, and 3)
- Life-energy gone awry
Lemony Snicket interview
- Cool Guy post
- Obligation to teach one's children to swim
- “The Talmud also specifies that parents should teach their children how to swim. In the ancient world, where much travel occurred over water, swimming was a necessary survival skill. In modern parlance, this commandment means that parents are required to teach their children whatever self-defense skills are necessary for survival. In her book How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household, writer Blu Greenberg recalls an ugly incident in her neighborhood in which a number of antisemitic teenagers attacked and beat a group of Jewish teenagers. The local rabbi's response was a sensible one, and entirely consistent with the Talmud's ruling. "The time has come," he in effect told the parents, "to teach Jewish kids karate."”
- -- Jewish Literacy, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, pg 538, 1st ed.
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