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Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Since Paddy’s out-of-town: Sure Happy It’s Thursday, GN!

I found this imbroglio regarding Passover, beer and loopholes in Jewish dietary laws quite silly:

https://forward.com/news/398518/orthodox-rabbis-order-jews-to-stick-to-budweiser-or-skip-beer/?attribution=our-picks-1-title

The beer ban is based on a contested interpretation of a relatively obscure aspect of the laws of Passover, which ended last Saturday night.

During the holiday, Jews are not allowed to own leavened foods that have risen for longer than 18 minutes, a category that, for technical reasons, includes beer. In order to keep Jews from having to throw away stocks of stored food, ancient rabbis invented a legal loophole, called Mechirat Chametz, by which Jews can symbolically sell prohibited foods and then buy back at the end of the holiday.

Leavened foods owned by non-Jews during Passover are fine for Jews to eat after the holiday, hence the exception for Bud.

Food businesses owned by observant Jews regularly take advantage of the loophole, and are allowed to continue selling the banned food they owned before Passover after the holiday is over. Rabbinic authorities, however, differ on whether a Mechirat Chametz contract signed by a non-observant Jew is legitimate, especially if the Jew continues to sell banned food during the Passover holiday. Some say that leavened food owned during Passover by a Jew who doesnโ€™t follow the laws of Passover is permanently forbidden, even if the Jew signed a Mechirat Chametz contract.

Oy, my people. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Ooops…just remembered it’s TeX’s Birfday 2/seven.

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ThoughtfulSpouseK brought home some spicy Chick-fil-A sammies last night; I wasn’t very hungry and tossed mine in the fridge.

Just ate it cold; NOM! Even better than cold pizza for breakfast. (And much more hateful.) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sven-SemiFascist
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Sven-SemiFascist
4 years ago

Happy birthday, X! Good morning, Fatwa.

Sven-SemiFascist
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Sven-SemiFascist
4 years ago

I’m tired. Work has been getting me down -- just don’t have it in me this week to keep fighting the same old battles.

One more day though and then maybe I’ll get some rest and next week will be better.

Hope all of you are doing well.

Sven-SemiFascist
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Sven-SemiFascist
4 years ago

Saw these guys last week. Older than me, but a bit more energy.

Sven-SemiFascist
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Sven-SemiFascist
4 years ago

Good opinion piece, but I wonder where this will go? Dangerous times.

https://www.denverpost.com/2018/04/13/to-boulders-anti-gun-bigots-i-will-not-comply-with-your-hate-law/

“Let it be known, like those who refused to go to the back of the bus, I will not surrender or destroy my guns, nor will I place my name on a government watch list.”

Sven-SemiFascist
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Sven-SemiFascist
4 years ago

Twenty-five years ago today.