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Discussion: Bris

in: Charlie; Charlie > 2017-01-25

Jan 26, 2017 2:50 PM # 
Very busy, and exotic, day. I've never attended a bris; always wondered about them. Not sure the job is still so 'ceremonial,' out here on the prairies. But reading Machiavelli after dinner, in the original Italian I presume, must have made an appropriate 'bookend' to your long day. Congrats!
Jan 26, 2017 10:40 PM # 
Well, it was the first time I attended one, and I can't say I am eager for another! Apparently, being a mohel is a real career, at least in the environs of NYC or another place with a suitably large Jewish population. I was told that this fellow does over 500 of these events a year!

My Machiavelli text is an alternate page one, with the original Italian from the 1500s on one side, and modern Italian on the other. Interesting that Italian from the 1500s is perhaps more like modern Italian than would be the case for reading something in English from the 1500s compared to modern English. We have been directed to read in the original, using the modern only when we get stuck.
Jan 26, 2017 11:11 PM # 
Thinking of you, I almost picked up Dante's Inferno at the library this afternoon. This was similar except a detail more in line with my ability - Italian on the left page and English on the right. Almost took it but have more pertinent reading associated with health situation. Another time.
Jan 27, 2017 12:41 AM # 
I have Dante in the alternate Italian and English. A pretty fine work, but alas I have way too much homework these days to while away my time on the Inferno. By the way, I find the Inferno greatly preferable to the Purgatorio and the Paradiso. But I suppose it's a matter of taste.

The inferno starts out as something of an orienteering reverie. More or less: "In the middle of our walk of life, I found myself by a dark forest where the path was lost. It's hard to say what it was like, this wild forest, harsh and unforgiving, such that the memory of it renews my fear." Or something like that.
Jan 27, 2017 1:28 AM # 
Yes, something like that though the footnote indicates it's an autobiographical metaphor in that he was 35 at the time and the expected life limit was 70 - "the middle of life" as it were, but I'm sure you know all that. Interesting but another time.
Jan 28, 2017 1:05 AM # 
@walk: health situation? Hope you're OK.
Jan 28, 2017 2:16 AM # 
Thanks. Working on a determination, a very gradual and extended process but fortunately the malaise is also a slowly progressing affliction. Should know more on Wednesday.
Jan 29, 2017 3:55 AM # 
Wish you the best on Wed.

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