Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Walking with your wife in the street is the cause of all problems


Here is a key quote: based on the power of the Torah we know that all of the problems are caused by husbands walking with their wives in the street.

Are they claiming Nevua? Ruach Hakodesh? Are there no other more pressing problems in the world today?

Hat Tip: בעולמם של חרדים

5 comments:

Warren Burstein said...

Down at the bottom they seem to be claiming to be the only beit din with smicha that runs back to Anshei Knesset Hagedolah.

MIghty Garnel Ironheart said...

Hmm, I thought electricity was the root of all problems...

bluke said...

No it's the internet

Kevin in Chicago said...

Forgive me, I'm compelled to write this -- which no one is compelled to read:

1. If men walking with their wives is the cause of all problems, how could there be any more pressing problem? And with such an easy solution!

2. Thanks to my limited Hebrew, I initially misread "issur chamur" as "issur chamor." And although I did know better, I was also tempted to translate "kehillat ha-yera'im" as "the congregation of paranoids."

3. Note that women are depicted as the problem (walking with their husbands), and men are ordered to solve it (by not walking with their wives).

4. Also note that it is forbidden to walk with one's wife in public, but not to walk with other women, although I suppose this is an assumed kal va-chomer.

5. As the "psak beit din" states, it is based neither upon Nevuah nor inspiration by Ruach Hakodesh, but through "Koach Hatorah," an evidently newly-discovered power enabling certain rabbis to discern previously unnoticed provocations of Hashem's displeasure.

6. It is forbidden to ask why Hashem waited until now to make this knowledge accessible, or why these particular rabbis were granted this faculty of discernment.

7. It is also forbidden to ask why the Torah should require a man and his wife, whose relationship is publicly known, and whom the Torah has publicly declared to be "basar echad," to publicly pretend to be strangers.

8. If these rabbis believe married men and women should only be seen in public unaccompanied by their spouses, lest the appearance of married couples together provoke lustful thoughts, this is Purim-Torah. As the saying goes, "one of us is nuts, and I don't think it's me."

Joe Berry said...

My wife and I never walk together. I simply can't keep up with her :).