Monday, November 28, 2005

Silly Question of the Day...

From Hashkafah.com

"If you know the name of a person who isn't very well and you don't say tehilim for that person and G-d forbid that person is Niftar does that mean that you killed them?"

Yes, dear. And if you don't personally knock on the door of every single person within 100 miles of your house and alert them to the dangers of not wearing seat belts and carbon monoxide poisioning, then if one of them dies in a car crash from not wearing a seat belt, or from carbon monoxide poisioning, then it means that you killed them.

The Wolf

10 comments:

Bill Selliger said...

See Berachos 12b, "kol shefshar..."

Enigma4U said...

That was not a very good analogy on your part. Alerting people to the dangers of not wearing seat belts and carbon monoxide poisioning might very possibly save some lives. Saying Tehillim for someone has never made a dent in anybody's chance for survival, and this is backed by scientific data. A better heading for this post would be: Silly Time Wasting Customs of the Day

Ezzie said...

:::sigh:::

Is this what people consider Hashkafah? I recall working at my old HS for a summer. Each week was an oneg at one of the rebbeim on Friday night. One person from NY asked, "Are non-black sneakers okay for elementary students?" The rebbe laughed, then realized he was serious. He waved it off, and noted, "Stupid New York shtick. I don't get involved."

BrooklynWolf said...

Enigma,

The whole point obviously rests on the premise that saying Tehillim helps... otherwise the person asking the question would have no reason to ask.

My point was that even in accepting that premise the question is downright silly.

Bill,

I'll have to check it out when I get home. Thanks for the heads up.

The Wolf

Mis-nagid said...

"My point was that even in accepting that premise the question is downright silly."

Talk about missing the ikkar for the toful.

The Hedyot said...

You call that a "silly" question? Wow, are you generous!

How sad is it that an educational system can produce such thinking?

Mis-nagid said...

"How sad is it that an educational system can produce such thinking?"

That too is a silly question: it's designed to.

mushroomjew said...

How about the converse:
If you pray for a sick person and he dies, does that mean you killed him?
Give me a break.
Doctors and medicine can heal physically. Prayer only gives psychological comfort.

Balabusta in Blue Jeans said...

I'm not sure I can wrap my mind around the potential guilt involved in this question. The Internet is full of lists of gazillions of people to say tehillim for. If I permitted myself to think I was morally responsible to pray for each of them, or bear the blame for their untimely demises...

Oh dear.

Still Wonderin' said...

...and they say there's no such thing as a stupid question.