Uktzin

 
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19 March 2010 08:53
 

Uktzin is a book (tractate) of theTalmud.

It is very short, and in a lot of way very technical, but let me give you the approximated footnotes for it by the SAB-saytem:

Ch.1.Ms.2.
Categhory:  Interpretation
text: ROOTS OF GARLIC, ONIONS OR LEEKS10 THAT ARE YET MOIST, OR THEIR TOP-PARTS,11 - Footnote 11: signs onions as “fruits”. (also used this term later on grains, tec.)
Explanation: In the Talmudic sense it seems “fruit” isn’t used in the modern sense, but “the part of the plants, what are the reason why they were made - for humankind”. (human-centered universe)

Ch.1.Ms.2.
Categhory: Science
text:R. ELEAZAR SAYS: ALSO THE COBWEB-LIKE COVERING OF FRUITS)17 ALL THESE THINGS CONTRACT AND CONVEY UNCLEANNESS18 AND ARE INCLUDED.
Explanation: This shows how little bilogical konwledge the rabbis had. They thought skin of peaches (and other fruits’ similar skins) are polluted by cobweb, and therefor unhealthy, so they forbid to eat it.

Ch.1.Ms.6.
Cathegory: Absurdity
text: KELUSIM FIGS,47 - in footnote 47 they try to clearify what plant the name signs.
Explanation: If it is divine knowledge, how can be, noone knows what it is about exactly? Yes, the result of not refreshing the language in occasions leads to this kind of confusion.

Ch.3.Ms.1.
Category: Absurdity
text: BUT THEY DO NOT NEED INTENTION,
Explanation: One of the basics of the talmudic thinking is the importance of “intention”. What you originally decided (what you THINK) to do determines what laws applies on the case.

Ch.3.Ms.2.
Category: Interpretation
text: THAT WHICH HAS BEEN SEVERED FROM A MAN,
Explanation: according to the sentence, the grammar and the theme, it suspiciously suggest the practice of cannibalism.

Ch.3.Ms.2.
Category: Science
text: OR FUNGUS9 - footnote 9 renders mushrooms as plants.
Explanation: another faiure of divine knowledge. (Traditionally the Talmud was given on Mount Sinai to Moses with the Written law streight from Yahwe.)

Ch.3. footnote 38.
Category: Interpretation
text: Since they are not used for food but only for flavouring.
Explanation: maybe it’s just my english, but I’d say spices are also eaten, and therefor are food.

Ch.3. footnote 46.
Category: Science
text: a palm or cabbage-tree.
Explanation: That shows again the rabbis biological knoledge. Categorisation by outlook!