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Gitin 69

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(a) The cure for Beruksi (eye's web) requires an old scorpion of seven colors.
What does one do with it after drying it anywhere but in the sun?

(b) Why should one not use more than three tiny containers of it for each eye?

(a) For night-blindness one takes a rope made of animals' hair, and ties one end to the stricken man's foot and the other end to the foot of a dog.
What do the children do before one recites the first incantation?

(b) Where ..

  1. ... do the seven neighbors place the seven pieces of meat that they have given him?
  2. ... does he eat them?
(c) What should he remember to do before reciting the final incantation?
(a) For day-blindness, one takes seven spleens of meat from the inside of a wild animal.
On what does one roast them?

(b) After he asks his friend for the pieces, he eats them and chants the necessary incantation.
Where are he and his friend sitting?

(c) When he has finished eating, what must he be careful to do to prevent the blindness from returning?

(a) For excessive nose-bleeding, the sufferer must find a Kohen whose name is Levi.
How should he write his name?

(b) Alternatively, he finds any man and writes an alternative incantation, or the root of a lucerne plant, ropes from an old bed, paper made of fluff and the reddish part of a Lulav.
What does he do with them?

(c) And what does he then do with the shearing of wool after he has spun it into two threads and soaked them in vinegar?

(d) Two alternatives remain. Either he straddles a stream that flows from east to west and takes mud in both of his hands in which he rolls two threads of wool soaked in vinegar and places them in his nostril, or he recites an incantation whilst standing under a drainpipe.
How does he take the mud in his hands? What happens to him whilst he is standing with it under the drainpipe? What does he say?

(a) Bleeding from the mouth needs to be examined with a straw.
What does the straw determine?

(b) What does Rav Ashi mean when he asks from a Mishnah in Chulin, where we have learned the opposite? What did we learn in the Mishnah in Chulin?

(c) How do we reconcile our Sugya with that Mishnah?

(a) The cure for blood from the lungs comprises seven fistfuls of sliced beets, seven fistfuls of leek, five fistfuls of a herb called Madirishra, three fistfuls of lentils, one fistful of cumin, one fistful of Chavli and twenty-four fistfuls of entrails of an animal that is the firstborn of its mother.
What does he do with them? What does he wash it down with?

(b) The cure for a toothache (of the inner teeth), says Raba bar Rav Huna, is one takes a single garlic, which must be ground with oil and salt.
What does he then do with it?

(c) What is the purpose of the border of dough that he makes round it?

(d) The cure for quinsy (septic blisters in the throat), says Rebbi Yochanan, comprises the leaves of a herb called pyrethrum (which is as effective as a herb called Mamru), though the roots are even better.
How much must one take to contain the illness?

(a) To induce the pus of quinsy to accumulate, one requires the thick bran that remains in the sieve when sifting coarse flour, lentils with their own dust, fenugreek and the flowers of hops.
What should he do with the mixture?

(b) In order to get the blisters to burst, his friend takes white mustard-seeds.
What does he do with them?

(c) To restore the sore spot to its former state after the blisters have burst, he takes dust from the shade of stones that were built into a makeshift bathroom in a field.
With what does he mix it before taking it?

(d) The cure for catarrh comprises the size of an acorn of sal-amoniac, the size of a nut of sweet galbanum, a spoonful of white honey and a Revi'is (of a Lug) of good, white wine. What does he do with the mixture? How will he know when the mixture is ready?

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(a) If the above cure for catarrh is not possible, he should sprinkle a Revi'is of goat's milk on to three cabbage-leaves.
What does he subsequently do with them?

(b) A third possible cure comprises the excrement of a white dog, mixed with balsam.
What care is one advised to take whilst eating it?

(a) The cure for an illness called Giyra (sharp pains) is Giyra de'Lilis.
What is 'Giyra de'Lilis'?

(b) What must he do with it before pouring water on it and drinking it?

(c) Alternatively, he takes water from which a dog has drunk at night-time. What must he be wary of with regard to that water?

(d) The cure for having drunk water that was left in the open is 'Anpaka of undiluted wine.
What does 'Anpaka' mean?

(a) The cure for boils is an Anpaka of wine with a kind of red soap, and for fits of fainting, three barley-loaves together with a preserve made of sour milk. What should be the maximum age of the preserve?

(b) With what does one wash it down?

(c) On what grounds did Rav Acha mi'Difti object to this cure for that particular illness?

(d) Ravina therefore prescribed it for someone who was hyperactive.
What kind of bread did he prescribe for someone who suffers fainting fits? What did he drink it with? With what kind of wine did he wash it down?

(a) The cure for heart-ache is three egg-volumes of mint, one of cumin and one of sunflower-seeds; for stomach-ache, three hundred long peppers.
With what does one take them?

(b) What did Ravin from Neresh do for Rav Ashi's daughter?

(c) The cure for worms in the stomach consists of an Anpaka of wine and the leaves of a laurel-tree, for white worms, the seed of a rocket-plant, which he soaks in water and drinks.
With what does he tie the seed before soaking it?

(d) What should he be careful not to do whilst drinking the water?

(a) The cure for diarrhea is wet pennyroyal plant in water.
What is the cure for constipation?

(b) What does the Si'man 'Itza Retiva de'Sachar Maya' mean?

(c) The cure for a swollen spleen (which presumably, is life-threatening) is seven leeches.
How does one ...

  1. ... prepare them?
  2. ... take them?
(d) Alternatively, one takes the spleen of a she-goat that has not given birth.
What does he ...
  1. ... do with it, assuming that he has an oven?
  2. ... do with it, assuming that he has not?
  3. ... say whilst doing it?
  4. ... do with the corpse of the person who died on Shabbos (which he uses as an alternative cure) if, for some reason, even that is not possible.
  5. ... or with the fish that he uses as another alternative?
  6. ... do with the barrel of wine as a final alternative to cure his swollen spleen?
(a) What happened with that goat that used to drink the water from in front of the blacksmith?

(b) What did Rav Acha B'rei de'Rava tell Rav Ashi he would not need to do if he had a barrel of wine?

(c) The cure for piles is Akukya and aloe-plant, raw silver, litharge (a by-product of silver, which brings-up steam when it is poured), a little bag of silver or gold (that women wear round their necks) containing Pilon-spice and the dung of doves or of chickens.
What does he do with all these things ...

  1. ... in the summer?
  2. ... in the winter?
(d) Failing that, what should he drink?
(a) The cure for Shigruna (an ailment of the thigh) is a container full of fish-juice.
What does he do with it?

(b) The cure for a stone in the Gid (which prevents one from urinating) comprises paraffin, leek-oil, and clear wine.
What quantity of each is required?

(c) Where are the drops placed?

(a) Alternatively, one takes the handle of a leather flask, a red thread or two lice.
Who must have spun the thread?

(b) From where does one suspend all of these?

(c) Where should he subsequently urinate?

(d) Why should he take care to retain the stone when it emerges?

(a) The cure for an external fever is three Sa'ah of date-stones and three Sa'ah of leaves of an Adra tree.
How should he then boil them? Where he does he place himself?

(b) After placing the two lots into two bowls, what does he then do with the two bowls and the table that are then brought before him?

(c) Why, after bathing in the two bowls, does he ...

  1. ... drink from the water in which the Adra-leaves were boiled?
  2. ... not drink from the water in which the date-stones were boiled?
(a) The cure for an internal fever is seven spinach (or beet) leaves from seven different rows of spinach which should be cooked in their dust, and which one eats together with leaves from an Adar tree.
With what does one drink it?

(b) The alternative is to eat grapes from a vine. What supports the vine?

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