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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Poster Mania IX - How the Poster Writers Learn a Mishna

This week's gem brings a mishna in Kiddushin 82-A (last mishna).

The poster says that there are three parnosas:

  • Ship Captains
  • Camel Drivers
  • Donkey Drivers

The poster says these three are are tzadikim, benonim, and reshoim, respectively.
It then asks what you want to be.
The poster boys generously say the choice is yours: if you are on the internet for parnosa (sic) -you are a
Rosha, and have the option of choosing a parnosa of tzadikim or benonim.

The mishna, (per Rashi) interestingly details various pros and cons of types of careers.
It says that these three particular vocations (above) are tzadikim, benonim, or reshoim because (a)
ship captains pray a great deal due to the dangers of sailing. (b) Camel drivers also pray a lot because they lead caravans through the dangerous desert. Plus, camels eat permitted hefker foods in the wilderness. (c) Donkey drivers' animals, however, eat food which is owned by others from private fields, thereby stealing.

So there are two operative factors here. Prayer (due to danger) and stealing.

Internet users, most of whom have honest parnosas, many of whom work on the books, certainly steal less than those who are on various government programs for which they do not really qualify. Moreover, they even have less temptation to steal than most storeowners (and maybe even some klei kodesh?). So by the mishna's logic, who is more righteous?

And if the poster boys really feel the internet is dangerous (which to a greater or lesser extent it is) then the tefilos of us users not to succomb would put us in to the category of tzadikim!

So I propose that Chazal have more nachas from us than from them.

But where did they learn how to learn a mishna?


Anonymous deerson said...

oh vey. its only december march madness is still a few months away. the poster guys are fighting the good fight whats your problem with that. they find the internet morally apprehensible. whats so bad with quoting a mishnah. what should they quote mao's little red book? its not muchruch but its talks to the zach, no? whats a madda you no like the way i speek.

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