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Rabbi Yirmiyah Meets the Sex Pistols

Pshita has produced a visual commentary on the story of Rabbi Yirmiyah’s expulsion from the beit midrash. The text is from Bava Batra 23b and the discussion is about the ownership of a pigeon that is found fifty cubits from a dovecote.

בעי ר’ ירמיה: רגלו אחת בתוך נ’ אמה ורגלו אחת חוץ מחמשים אמה, מהו? ועל דא אפקוהו לרבי ירמיה מבי מדרשא.

R. Jeremiah raised the question: If one foot is within fifty cubits and the other beyond, how do we decide? It was for this that they threw R. Jeremiah out of the Beth Hamidrash.

The Soncino trans. adds the following explanatory note.

According to Rashi, because his question was regarded as foolish, but according to Tosaf., because he ventured to call in question the statement of the Rabbis that a young bird can hop only fifty cubits.

2 Responses to “Rabbi Yirmiyah Meets the Sex Pistols”

  1. 1
    zvi:

    cool!!!

  2. 2
    DF:

    One of the weirdest things I’ve seen in the past seven weeks, easy.

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