Thursday, September 21, 2017

On the walk II: four tassels please

Preparing for bible study today I had cause to glance at Deuternomy. Now I am no bible expert and I am unfamiliar with this book but it lists various laws and one in particular caught my eye. Apparently Moses wrote this book, I guess on direction from God. So, on my walk today, I imagined this sort of conversation.

It's been a long day. Moses' hand is aching from writing and he wants his dinner. And then God tells him to write this: make tassels on the four corners of the cloak you wear*.

Moses starts to write this down and then stops. 'Are you having a laugh, God? Seriously, tassels? I mean now come on. I put up with the 'thou shalt not wear clothes of wool and linen together'. I put that down as one of your little quirks. But put tassels on our cloaks?'
'I just want to see if people are paying attention,' God shrugged. 'You can cross it out if you want.'
'No, it's okay. I've written it down now; it would just make a mess to cross it out.'
'Okay, let's move on to marriage violations now, shall we?'

*Deuteronomy 22:12


SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I'm not averse to tassels but have visions of them catching in bus doors .

Liz Hinds said...

Mention tassels to husband and he immediately grins thinking of strippers!

Sharon Qualls said...

I am having a hard time keeping a straight face right now.

PipeTobacco said...

Or it may have been written as a form of ensuring modesty.... a tassel could serve as a weight to keep the garment from flying upward in the wind?

PipeTobacco said...

Lately, because I have been allowing my beard to grow fuller (I have worn a beard and mustache continuously since I was 19, many decades ago.) than my typical short length of a out 2cm, I now tell folks jokingly that I am ascribing to Leviticus 19:27 which basically suggests you should not mar the corners of your beard. :) In reality, while it is far more robust than in the past, I still trim it as neatly as possible to remain "professorial" in appearance... although (since I like it) I imagine being more "RUGGEDLY" professorial. :)