Sunday, October 30, 2005

Stupid Answers

Brooklyn Wolf relates a story about his younger son. I strongly suggest that you read it.

When I was in 10th grade, my rebbe told us how upset he was when his son came home from yeshiva, the son's rebbe having informed him that food tasted better when you made a bracha on it. My rebbe was speechless. Its one thing to do what the rebbe did with Brooklyn Wolf's son. As stupid as the answer was, its harder for the child to comprehend the fallacy in the argument (both in the specific and more general points that Wolf makes). But kids forget to make brachos. Many adults do too. Does the food taste any better?

Can you actually say it does with a straight face?