Monday, August 06, 2007

...and you shall have a YATED among your equipment...

וְיָתֵד תִּהְיֶה לְךָ, עַל-אֲזֵנֶךָ; וְהָיָה, בְּשִׁבְתְּךָ חוּץ, וְחָפַרְתָּה בָהּ, וְשַׁבְתָּ וְכִסִּיתָ אֶת-צֵאָתֶךָ.
...and you shall have a YATED among your equipment, and when you sit down outside, you shall dig with it and [use it to] turn and cover your refuse. [Duet 23.14]

So who's surprised that a Yated, per the verse, was at first a kind of toilet device? Not I. And those of you with doubts about the paper's degeneracy must see this:
Yemenites walk around with a cloud of pungent odor that lets people know they're coming from five feet away. This is also true in winter," wrote the strictly Orthodox Yated Ne'eman newspaper this week. The reason cited by the paper for this "phenomenon" is the frequent use of the fenugreek spice in traditional Yemenite cuisine. The article, penned by nutritionist Yael Kariv, focused on the recent heat wave as it related to sweat, and the connection between perspiration and diet.
How lovely. And we're the "self-hating" Jews.

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