The Mudheads are not
ago they didn't know many things,
even very simple, everyday actions.
So a man tried to
instruct them. He tried to
teach them how to go up a ladder.
He showed them how to do it, and they tried to copy him, but they
One tried to go up the ladder with his feet upmost, standing
on his head.
tried to climb the back of the ladder.
A third kept falling through the
rungs, while a fourth got all tangled in the rungs.
They just couldn't
Then the man tried to teach them how to build a house.
He showed them the right way
to do it, and they tried to imitate his
But one started with the roof and made the others hold up the
ceiling while he tried to build downward from it.
Another put together a house with
no doors and windows.
He built it from the inside, and when he wanted
to go out, he found he had walled himself in.
The others had to break
down the walls to let him out.
Still another made the
mud bricks out of
When it rained, his house collapsed into a
Try as they would, the Mudheads just couldn't do it
Then the man tried to
show them a really simple thing - how to sit on a chair.
and tried to do as he did.
One sat on
top of the chair back and tumbled over.
Another sat underneath
on the chair with his back to the front.
A fourth tried to sit upside
down with his head where his rump ought to have been.
couldn't get the point.
'Well," said their
instructor, "I will try one thing more. I am going to show
you how to copulate."
There was a fat old woman who hadn't had a man in her
for a long time.
"They can all
practice on me," she said, "I don't mind."
So she lifted up her manta
and bent over, and the instructor
copulated with her in the simplest way - from the back as
The Mudheads watched closely,
and then they all wanted to try.
But none of them could find the
One tried to do
it in the anus.
Another in the knee bend.
Another in the arm bend.
Another in the armpit.
They tried and tried.
They really wanted to do it
right, but they couldn't.
"I give up on you," said the
fat old woman just laughed.
A Zuni clown dance story.
In intervals between
solemn masked dances the Mudheads provide relief as a comic counterpoint.
not Do not let care corrode
and gnaw your heart, lest you should fall
into a state of despondency and throw
away all the blessings you enjoy and with them your life.
Do not stir the fire with a sword,
do not irritate an angry person;
rather endeavor to sooth and appease him. When no longer under the influence of
passion, he may hear and be benefitted by your
Do not talk on moral or religious subjects before immoral
persons who are disposed to ridicule
every thing that is grave and serious; neither enter into arguments with
persons who are obstinate, or ignorant; who are either incapable of
understanding, or predetermined not to adopt what you advise.
Do not be ready
to bind yourselves by vows, or
oaths, to do, or to refrain
from any act. If the thing be proper in itself, you will have sufficient
incentive to do it, without laying such
restrictions upon yourself; the necessity for which can only arise from
imbecility, or inconstancy of mind, which you should rather endeavor to cure
than to indulge.
Do not through weariness, or inconstancy, leave any
business nearly completed in which you are engaged, unfinished, but persist to
the end; else all the time, labor, and expense that have been bestowed upon the
work, will be lost, and you will lose your character likewise; or when you
perceive yourself about to die, with patience and courage submit to your fate,
and do not weakly and foolishly wish for an extension of your life, in the vain
hope that you should live more rationally.
Do not attempt those actions
one is unqualified to perform, nor discourse on matters one does not
understand; more attention will be given to a blind man discoursing on colors.
Do nothing to revive a settled dispute or contest in which you were
engaged, you may not come off a second time so well.
Do not feed, or
take under your roof animals of ferocious and savage dispositions, that have
sharp and curled claws.
Do not awaken sorrow once sorrow is asleep.
Do not wake a sleeping dog.
To follow the law of the Mishneh Torah an observant
Jews must: The Book of Judges
whip the wicked,
allow a sorcerer to live,
not execute the innocent on circumstantial
not punish one who committed an offence under duress.
of Rebels include nine commandments, three positive commandments and six
negative commandments, which are:
(1) to act according to the
Torah as the Great Rabbinical Court declares
(2) not to deviate from their words;
(3) not to add to the Torah
either in the commandments of the Written Law or in the interpretation that we
have learned from tradition;
(4) not to take away from either of
(5) not to curse one's father or mother;
(6) not to strike
one's father or mother;
(7) to honor one's father and mother;
fear one's father and mother;
(9) that a son shall not be stubborn and
rebellious against the voice of his father and mother.
Laws of Kings and
Wars include twenty-three commandments, ten positive commandments and thirteen
negative commandments, which are:
(1) to appoint a king from among the
(2) not to appoint him from the community of converts;
that he shall not have many wives;
(4) that he shall not have many horses;
(5) that he shall not have much gold and silver;
to exterminate the seven Canaanite
(7) not to let a
single one of them live;
(8) to wipe out the seed of Amalek;
(Amalek expelled the Israelites from Eygpt.)
(9) to remember what Amalek
(10) not to forget his evil deeds and his ambush on the way;
not to dwell in the Land of Egypt;
(12) to offer peace to the inhabitants
of a city when besieging it, and to deal with it in the way set out in the
Torah, according as it makes peace or does
(13) not to seek peace with Ammon and Moab, when besieging them;(the
children of Lot)
(14) not to destroy fruit trees in a siege;
prepare a latrine so that members of the camp shall go out there to excrete;
(16) to prepare a stake to dig with;
to anoint a priest to speak to the
men of the army in time of war;
(18) for a man who has espoused a wife,
built a house, or planted a vineyard to rejoice in their new acquisitions a
full year, and they are sent back home from the war;
(19) that they shall
not be pressed into any service, and not even to go out for the needs of the
city, the needs of the troops, nor the like;
(20) not to be frightened nor
retreat in time of war;
(21) the rule for a beautiful woman taken captive
(22) that she is not to be sold;
that one shall not enslave her after
having sexual relations with her.
slavery in ancient
"Tell us the precise time when
slaveholding ceased to
be permitted, and became sinful?" - Rabbi Dr. M.J. Raphall "Your
male and female slaves are to
come from the nations around you; from them you may buy
slaves. You may also buy some
of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in
your country, and they will become your property.
You can will them to your children as
inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule
over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly." Leviticus 25:43-46
Slavery is not forbidden. Slavery is legal
and a modern imperialist might say it is freedom to own slaves.
Non-semite slaves from
other nations may be treated as animals but Hebrews must be properly treated as
If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six
years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, without paying anything. If
he comes alone, he is to go free alone; but if he has a wife when he comes, she
is to go with him.If his
master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the woman and her
children shall belong to her master, and only the man shall go free."
Male Hebrew slaves in ancient Israel were
automatically emancipated after 6 years of
slavery, but only if
they were male Hebrews. Male Hebrews wives and children still belonged to the
slavemaster and female Hebrews were only emaciapated if
If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not
to go free as male servants do." Exodus 21:7
"If she does not please the
master who has selected her for himself, he must let her be redeemed. He has no
right to sell her to aliens, because he has broken faith with her. If he
selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter. If he
marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing
and marital rights. If he does not provide her with these three things, she is
to go free, without any payment of money." Exodus 21:8-11
If a person bought
a female slave from her father
and she displeased him, he had no right to sell her to a foreign owner. If the
owner required her to marry his son, then the owner was required to treat her
like a daughter-in-law. If the owner marries his
slave and later marries
another woman, he was required to treat his
slave as he previously had. If
he violates any of these requirements, then she must be emancipated. She would
leave without any money or means of supporting herself; she would be free, but
"Now Sarai, Abrams wife, had borne him no children. But
she had an Egyptian slave
named Hagar; so she said to Abram, The Lord has kept me from having
children. Go, sleep with my slave; it may be that I shall
obtain children by her. And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai."
had no choice but to become
impregnated by her master as she was Abraham's property.
day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither
you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female
slave, nor your animals, nor
any alien that is within thy gates." Exodus 20:10
Observant Hebrews gave
their slaves one day off a
"Anyone who steals must certainly make restitution, but if they
have nothing, they must be sold to pay for their theft."Exodus
Thieves were sold into
"Anyone who beats their male
or female slave with a rod must be punished if the slave dies as a direct
result, but they are not to be punished if the
slave recovers after a day or
two, since the slave is their
property." Exodus 21:20-21
slave is not allowed but
beating them as long as they can survive after two days is
"The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried
out to Elisha, Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he
revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his
slaves." 2 Kings 4:1
you couldn't pay off your debt your children could be
sold into slavery by
your creditor. (Note: Kings is not part of the
Oral Torah and was added later
by the Hebrews of Alexandria that penned the Old Testament.)
"The New Testament nowhere, directly or indirectly,
which, indeed, is proved by the universal practice of all Christian nations
during many centuries. Receiving
slavery as one of the
conditions of society, the New Testament nowhere interferes with or contradicts
the slave code of
Moses; it even preserves a letter written by one of the most eminent
Christian teachers to a slaveowner on sending back to him his runaway slave." -
Rabbi Dr. M.J. Raphall Congregation B'nai Jeshurun New York City
attitudes towards prostitutes is similar to the attitude towards prostitutes
now. It was seen as a disgusting and immoral profession and there was no
sympathy for the woman. In line
with the fact that the Torah was written by
men, the prostitutes create evil. As a punishment Jeremiah 13:26-27 says;
"Therefore will I discover thy skirts upon thy face, that thy shame may appear.
I have seen thine adulteries, and thy neighings, the lewdness of thy whoredom,
and thine abominations on the hills in the fields" These women will be forcibly
put in front of the public naked in order to embarrass and humiliate them.
Levititus 21:9 is a bit more extreme; 'And the daughter of any priest, if she
profanes herself by whoring, profanes her father; she shall be burned with
(2) Yet despite this, one of the heroes of
Samson visited a prostitute. Judges
16:1, 'One day Samson went to Gaza,
where he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her.'
Judah (Jacobs son) also slept with a prostitute. Later found out she was his
daughter-in-law and furthermore she became pregnant. So he ordered her to be
burnt alive. (Genesis 38:16, 40)
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