Sounds good

Wonderful wording.

Bemidbar Rabbah, Naso, 9, 33

אמר רב שמלאי: בכל מקום שאתה מוצא זנות אתה מוצא אַנְדְּרוֹלוֹמוּסְיָה [אַנְדַּרְלָמוּסְיָה / אַנְדְּרָלָמוּסְיָה] בעולם

Rabbi Simlai said: wherever you find promiscuity, you find Androlomusya / andralamusya / andarlamusya in the world.

Rashi on Bereshit 6, 13

קץ כל בשר: כל מקום שאתה מוצא זנות <ועבודה זרה>, אַנְדְּרוֹלוֹמוּסְיָה [אַנְדַּרְלָמוּסְיָה / אַנְדְּרָלָמוּסְיָה] באה לעולם והורגת טובים ורעים

Wherever you find promiscuity <and idolatry>, an Androlomusya / andralamusya / andarlamusya comes upon the world and kills good ones and evil ones.

Androlomusya / andralamusya / andarlamusya in these contexts means pestilence OR, as in modern Hebrew (andarlamusya — אַנְדַּרְלָמוּסְיָה), disorder, mess, balagan. In Greek maybe it meant plague-infected or something like this.

Fry on idolatry

Today I’ve finished Stephen Fry’s „Fry Chronicles“ (listen-while-you-drive audiobook). It’s amazing work, masterful and sincere book in which everybody can find something connected with his life experience, I think.

I hate one thing of it — the fragment where idolatry is discussed. He’s really shrewd when he says that this yeytzer is profound and deep and all generations are dealing with this problem. But he failed then. He insists that it’s better to have some idols in your mind (like pop culture stars or, maybe, gadgets or something) than to be a fanatic who can slay people for their transgression, like it was in the story with the golden calf. First of all, concerning the situation in question — no, it’s not. Second, it’s not about fanatism, it’s rather a personal issue, I think. It’s about detachment. You’re just trying to detach yourself form worshiping idols whatever they might be. And europeans really can’t.

Tikkun ha-olam

All this mess starts from the Moshe's death, not from the destruction of the Temple. Because if Moyshe Rabeynu entered Eretz Isroel he would be a Moshiah, he'd build Beys ha-Mikdosh that Hashem wouldn't destroy. Our path to Geulo is similar to the Exodus route — for some reason we should wander around. So we can consider Moshe's death not as a punishment, but as a some point from which history of our struggle begins.

Great thanks to Betzalel Mandel's first lesson on Yehoshua, may he be blessed and shell we see him making his Avoyde in Beis Ha-Mikdosh whatever it will look like.

Short message

A couple of years ago I wrote to my friend, reb Mark Marion Gondelman, that it would be great to send a SMS to G-d.

Now what I'm really afraid of — to receive an answer.

Special donkeys

I'm fascinated with figure of a some special, extraordinary kind of donkeys – לבדקים (luvedekim). They're very strong and steady. We can find this kind of donkeys in Mishnah.

R. Ovadya Bartanura depicts this special kind of donkey in these words:

On the Mishnah Shabbos 5, 1

חמור הבא ממדינת לוב והן קשין וחזקין וצריכים שמירה יותר משאר חמורים הנמצאים בישוב

[It's] a donkey from state of Libya; and it's strong and stubborn; and one has to guard it more than other donkeys of the settlement [i.e. Land of Israel]

And on the Mishnah Kilaim 8, 4
חמור של לוב והוא גדול ועריץ משאר חמורים ודומה לגמל

A donkey from Libya; and it's bigger and more self-willed than other donkeys; and it resembles a camel.


There is a difference between serving Hashem and serving idea (to be a secular Zionist, for example). Hashem forgives our weakness again and again. Any idealogical society doesn't.