07 June 2003 - 8:39 a.m.
"I think everyone should have the freedom to ruin his own life, that it's not my job to close off the possibilities. Let anyone who wishes keep at it until the work and the world instruct him one way or another."
"Zaelic," commenting on an entry by Languagehat on Yiddish words for Christmas:
On Christmas yiddish speaking Jews traditionally played cards - since the shops were all closed, it was about the only thing left to do. Some Hasidim, notably the Szatmar, do not study talmud on Christmas (under the belief that Christ was a renegade rabbi who would steal the accrued mitzvahs on his birthday [. . .])
(Highlighted by Naomi Chana, fresh from seeking "a plausible connection between Sinai and hot fudge sauce.")
Two years ago: "I may not be out playing as hard as the darlings of page 3, but there's still such pleasure in the looking, and there's certainly pleasure in tasting. . ."
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