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Thursday, June 20, 2002
 
19 Ways of Looking at a Stop Sign

Bruce Hill over at War Now has listed various possible Jewish responses to a stop sign.

Suppose you're traveling to work and you see a stop sign. What do you do? That depends on how you apply exegesis to the sign.

1. An average Jew doesn't bother to read the sign but will stop if the car in front of him does.

2. A fundamentalist stops at the sign and waits for it to tell him to go.

3. An Orthodox Jew does one of two things:

(a) Stops at the stop sign, says "Blessed art thou, O L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who hast given us Thy commandment to stop," waits 3 seconds according to his watch, and then proceeds.

(b) Takes another route to work that doesn't have a stop sign so that he doesn't run the risk of disobeying the halachah.

4. A Haredi ("ultra-Orthodox") does the same thing as the Orthodox Jew, except that he waits 10 seconds instead of 3. He also replaces his brake lights with 1000-watt searchlights and connects his horn so that it is activated whenever he touches the brake pedal....

Bruce notes that the piece is not original and has been circulating for some time. This seems to be true since the following modern additions have been omitted:

18: The Jewish blogger never actually sees the stop sign since that would involve getting out of the house and being away from his computer. However, he still links to the earlier interpretations and adds some of his own.

19: The libertarian blogger considers the sign an example of state infringement on his personal freedom and is certain that if the state can demand his car stop at some arbitrary point, that is the first step on the slippery slope to outlawing cars that move at all, after which all cars will be confiscated. He therefore uses one of the 6 guns he keeps under the seat to shoot the sign up.



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