The Time My Teacher Assumed Too Much

This one is from BaisYaakovLiberal: 

My teacher was talking about the power of habit. She told a story to illustrate her point. There was a rabbi (sorry, I don’t remember his name) who never put his hand below his waist.

When he passed away, people tried to straighten out his arms [for burial] but they remained straight.

Clueless girl: “Why did he keep his hands there?”

Teacher: “It’s an inyan of zehirus.”

Clueless girl: *Looks confused*

Me: *cracks up*

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The Time My Teacher Assumed Too Much

One thought on “The Time My Teacher Assumed Too Much

  1. Why do teachers tell such obviously ridiculous stories? It’s full of obvious holes. If he never put his hands below his waist, how did he put on his pants or shoes? How did he clean himself after using the bathroom? Restriction of movement (due to muscle atrophy?) is not at all the same thing as behavioral habits. And how did that happen, anyway? Even if he didn’t put his hands below his waist, you would expect that he still used the full range of motion in his shoulders and elbows. Or is it magic, and his arms magically continued to obey his stricture after he died? Magic isn’t the same thing as behavioral habits, either.

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