Monday, September 05, 2005

More practical magic

Read the previous post first!

But if you want a contemporary example of the classic magic bowl - admittedly, it's in Hebrew, not Aramaic, and it does involve ingesting food from the utensil - here you go.


Blogger Yuen Rose Mae said...

Can you translate the text for us?

7:38 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

It looks to me like:
(correct me if i'm wrong, Manuscriptboy)
I enjoin(? what's a good translation for lehashbia‘?) you, ministers (=angels, i assume) of wine and oil, ministers of finger and thumb, Sama’eil and Lilit, Quqi’eil, Pahhdi’eil, ‘Ariq(?), ‘Aziz(?), Mata Hari(?!), Butros Butros(?!), in the name of the great angel Yefeifiyah(?!) the minister of the Torah and the Mishnah's Sha"s, that you will not touch/afflict, harm, confuse, or worry any human being who will eat breakfast in this bowl; and one who trusts in God, lovingkindness will encircle them, amein amein amein.

?! :-D ?!

3:32 PM  
Blogger manuscriptboy said...

Well done, Steg! Two small mistakes (but the words were unclear). 'Tariq, not 'Ariq Aziz. And "be-shem ha-mishnah", in the name of the mishnah. As for Yefifiyah Sar ha-Torah, look him up in Reuven Margaliyot's angelological encyclopaedia, Malache Elyon.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

So, is this your breakfast cereal bowl? And where could i get one of my own?

6:09 PM  
Blogger Yuen Rose Mae said...

So there are magic breakfast bowls, but are there magic implements for other meals? Magic hamburger plates for example? Or magic bread baskets? Magic noodle bowls? Who makes these decisions about these items? Where can I buy one?

7:49 PM  

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