Tchocolatl wrote:I am not insulted (or something), Nightstalker, you are respectful of differences, it is what is important to me, for the rest... ........ Respect is part of the real thing. So. The rest...
It is "beneath your wisdom" not "waters". By the way.
Tchocolatl, you have a lovely outlook on life. TY
And TY for the correction too. I have a bad habit of not remembering the exact lyrics of songs but adhere to the gestalt. And I also mull over other words that might fit into poems and songs as I listen to them. The result is I misquote often. You and Liz (who privately corrected my 'waters' mistake) are quite right to correct this, I hope you will continue because it is important, and I am thankful for folks who actually have good memories. I also don't use spellcheck and so you will some typos.
Tchocolatl wrote: Why a man would want another woman when he already has one?
Maybe it is because sexual instinct wants it like that Nightstalker. Maybe it is not "bad" at all. Maybe there is a difference between having such kind of sexual instinct and acting accordingly or otherwise.
Maybe what is "good" and "bad" depends of the context also.
I agree. ( I was adding levity but am glad you commented) It isn't even bad except in the eyes of established society. However, sexual mores are so ingrained in most individuals that even very intelligent, well educated, liberal people have jealousies when situations become personal. I don't pretend to rise above this when the shoe is one the other foot either. I know that I have loved many women and even some men for their personalities and behavior. And in my experinces Leonard is correct in his assessment that copulation only further complicates relationships sometimes. Hell, often it is the end of excellent friendships. Unfortunately, for decades the genuine friendships I had with women ended in sexual relationships that were physically very satisfying and seemed mutually necessary at the time but caused such complications after a while that the relationships fell apart. Metinks we humans is wierd animals! LOL
Tchocolatl wrote:Jews of the ancient time were very aware about the importance of being "pure" (keep the body healthy) this fascinating subject, it is much too wide for this post).
They were taking care of how they were preparing the food (all this kosher things,
So to be married was also a way to keep the body pure and they (the prostitutes) were there for... everyone... of course, not only the Jews. So.
Agreed. Of course multiple wives were allowed for a long time. And a brother was expected to take a widow as another wife (but this was done mainly to continue family property rights). There are many Jews who still follow the old laws to a letter. There are volumes of expoundings upon modern points of the law. It is a very large subject. Still, the old laws were to make the people healthier and to give them rules for worship.
Prostitutes in Biblical times? Really? LOL I should not be so light because some of them then and now are simply very unfortunate people upon whom society often preys and usually casts dispersions. I often wonder why G-d allows situations which cause any person to do things that society maligns. I believe that they deserve the same respect and understanding as nuns or rabbis. Please, don't make me defend that feeling. It's just what I think.
BTW, the word 'Halleluyah' in Hebrew is 'hallelu' and 'Yah'. The former is the imperative of the verb 'praise' (and is actually two words but that requires more unnecessary lengthy explanations) and the later is the first syllable of the unspeakable name (out of respect for Him) of G-d. So, 'praise G-d' is what one is saying. And it is an unusual use of His name also. Most of the time we refer to Him as: Hashem, Elohenu, Adonoi, Melach and other names but not usually any part of that particular name.
In the end I believe that what Leonard may mean is that no matter what he will stand before G-d and praise him. That is most of what He wants from humans according to famous rabbis past and present. All the Earthly manifestations of keeping laws and attitudes and such pale compared to this requirement. If one loses everything, is sorely afflicted, rebukked in love, reviled and questioned by everyone, injures others purposely, sins gravely, ruins his own one life, etc, G-d is still there expecting to be recognized as the One King and praised. (See Job -- arguably not a Jewish story, BTW, but allegorically perfect) When G-d chose the Jews he did not choose us to give us a special place and special rewards or set us 'above' other people at all. Some say he chose Jews to 'heal the world'. But this is a very Earthly task. He chose us to proclaim praise for Him. To praise Him in all circumstances. Halleluyah!
May all your lives be blessed by Him.