The four exiles.
We all know the ‘ring around the rosie’ song we all sung as sweet, innocent kids, right? Did you know that as a six year old kid with grass stained knees and scraped elbows, you may also be performing your first séance? singing this song you were actually serenading a hundred thousand of the dead.
The song that we learned to sing was based loosely on the outbreak of the plague in England around 1665, or perhaps the black death. Lets review:
‘ring around the rosie’
-blushing in the cheeks was a symptom of the first stages of the plague. The ring around the rosie implies redness on the cheeks.
‘pocket full of posies’
-keeping posies in your pocket was a method of warding off the plague. As well, do we not surround the dead with bunches of flowers? The Egyptians stuffed a pharaoh’s sarcophagus full of flowers and the embalming process dealt with being stuffed with flowers.
-depicts the cremation of the dead.
‘we all fall down’
-there were an estimated 100,000 killed from the plague in England over the course of two years. That was about 15% of england’s population. we all fall down, means, we all die.
Well good morning! Isn’t that a great way to start your day? I have another story for you, one from the 1st century about four rabbi’s who entered paradise. This is an old story, roughly 2,000 years old, so please see the subtleties to this story and be as haunted as I am. Remember, they didn’t even have internet at this time, so the story might be a bit subtle.
-The four rabbis ascended to paradise by meditating and ‘utilizing’ gods name.
Ben Azzai gazed on paradise and died. Ben Zoma gazed and went insane. Acher cut down the plantings(becoming blasphemous or heretic). Rabbi Akiva entered in peace and left in peace.-
I found that to be a frightening story for being written so long ago. What happened when I entered paradise though?
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