[LMB] Religion and cultural drift
tonyz at eskimo.com
Sat Feb 15 02:36:29 GMT 2020
On Wed, February 12, 2020 10:08 am, Sylvia McIvers wrote:
> Technical nitpick: There's no prohibition against mixing random fabrics.
> Specifically, sheep-wool and flax-linen are forbidden. No reason is given.
> Possibly it is a reminder of the first murder in the bible - when Cain
> the farmer killed Abel the shepherd. (See also the American West, where
> people wore a linsey-woolsey mixture, but farmer/herder arguments over the
> proper use of land led to many killings.
One may note that the high priest specifically gets told to wear mixed
fabrics in his robe. Perhaps it's just a case of "thou shalt not try
to take the holy garments to thyself" -- though I do wonder if any
of the rabbis ever inquired into this prohibition...
Et vocavit Deus, "Fiat lux!"
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