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Friday, July 02, 2004

"Rabbi Jeremiah of Difthi says that an angry person
forgets his knowledge and becomes stupid"

The Lazer Beam focuses on anger
"Rabbi Yochanan says that all types of purgatory take control of an angry person... The lowest level of hellish impurity rules the angry person" (Babylonian Talmud, tractate Nedarim, 22a). The Talmud adds, "An angry person ignores the Divine presence", to strengthen the notion that anger severs a person's soul from holiness. "Rabbi Jeremiah of Difthi says that an angry person forgets his knowledge and becomes stupid" (ibid. 22b).

Rabbi Moshe Chaim Ephraim writes (Deggel Machane Ephraim, parshas Mishpotim), "It is a known fact that anger causes the holy soul to take leave from the body". Death is also characterized by the holy soul separating from the body. Once a person is dead, the body is rendered ritually impure. As such, an angry person is as spiritually contaminating as a dead person.

I assume these teachings apply to the rabid Bush-haters among us.