Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Sad, sad thing

People are dying, dozens of people, as a result of the traditional Jewish practice of keeping a stove fire burning throughout Sabbath and festivals; the fire itself is not a tradition, but a way around the traditional prohibition againt kindling new fires. We have got to have technological fixes for these problems: the stoves themselves, for the fire alarm and suppression systems, for the fire escapes for crying out loud. Even if we're going to enact ancient customs, can't we take some advantage of our advances in engineering and science? That's allowed, I know it is.

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