Friday, September 28, 2012

Berachot 58a: Censored texts

From today's daf:
R. Shesheth was blind. Once all the people went out to see the king, and R. Shesheth arose and went with them. A certain Sadducean11  came across him and said to him: The whole pitchers go to the river, but where do the broken ones go to?
and a bit later,
R. Shila administered lashes to a man who had intercourse with an Egyptian14  woman.
One or both of these might be censored by the Christians. According to this manuscript:

Firenze, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale , II.1.7
ברכות נח ע"א - ברכות נח ע"ב

It is rather mina and goya, respectively. (See first line and last line.)

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