Jan 082013

[frum tsk-ing noise] R’ Abulafia was a tremendous godol, with incredibly deep Torah insight, and if his drashos seem to be talking about gashmiyus, chas ve-sholom, it’s only because he was simply on another madreiga in his avodos Hashem. Maybe we all be zokhe to have such havonoh.

Todros Abulafia (1247 – after 1300)
How, You Fool

Oh how, you fool, could you chastise a man who has
Embraced a young gazelle — and then raise your voice?
How could you? Our own faith has said that when
You see a shapely girl, then you may take her!1

טודרוס אבולעפיה / طدروس أبو العافية
איכה, כסיל

אֵיכָה, כְּסִיל, תָּלִין עֲלֵי אָדָם אֲשֶׁר
חִבֵּק צְבִיַּת חֵן וְתָרִים קוֹלְךָ?
אֵיכָה? וְהִנֵּה אָמְרָה הַדָּת: בְּעֵת
תִּרְאֶה יְפַת תֹּאַר וְלָקַחְתָּ לְךָ!


‘Eikháh, kesíl, talín ʕaléi ‘adám ‘ashér
ḥibéik tzeviyát ḥein ve-tarím kolkhá?
‘Eikháh? Ve-hinéih ‘amráh ha-dát: be-ʕéit
tir’éh yefát tó’ar ve-lakaḥtá lekhá!

  1. Deuteronomy 21:10-11: “When you go to war against your enemies and the Lord your God delivers them into your hands and you take captives, if you see among the captives a shapely woman and desire her, you may take her (as your wife).” Todros leaves out that last bit.

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