Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

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For Chanukah, I got [livejournal.com profile] aviva_m a T-shirt that she'd seen online and expressed admiration for, but then forgotten about. This meant I was in the rare position of being able to get her a present that was a surprise but which I knew for certain she'd like—as indeed she did:

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The green patches on it are actually felt stuck onto the T-shirt. Bar-Navi the rabbit, however, disagrees with the sentiments on it:

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Speaking of which, what did Jane get Bar-Navi the Talmud scholar for Chanukah?

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It's a rabbit-sized copy of מַסֶכֶת אֲרְנְבוֹנִים (Tractate Rabbits) of the Babylonian Talmud.

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As you can see, it's from the Vilna edition.

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Hands up if you didn't think there was a Tractate Rabbits in the Talmud!

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Actually, there's not even a word for "rabbit" in the Hebrew and Aramaic of Talmudic times, because rabbits were not then to be found in the land of Israel or Babylonia, but don't tell Bar-Navi; he's very pleased with his present!

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In exchange, Bar-Navi gave Jane a dreidel for Chanukah, and the four of us enjoyed playing dreidel with it, even if Bar-Navi did end up winning all our money. It was the first time I've actually played the dreidel game, rather than just idly spinning it, since I was a kid.

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