Saturday, May 05, 2007

Pain Killer

Rabbi Nissim Hayim Moshe Mizrachi was the chief Rabbi in Jerusalem in the 18th century. In his Responsa book titled Admat Hakodesh he answered a question: is it allowed to tell a non-Jew on Saturday to draw with ink a Solomon's Seal on the swollen face of a Jew who suffers pains, since it is a known cure that kills pains. Near the Solomon's Seal is, in the book, a drawing of a Star of David. We can learn from this story that in the 18th century in Jerusalem the Star of David was recognized in the name of Solomon's Seal, and was used, among other things, as a pain killer.

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