Alicorns and Amulets

From the NetHack Wiki: A unicorn horn (or unihorn) is an important tool for curing your adventurer. … For medical application Cures from uncursed and blessed application An uncursed or blessed unicorn horn can cure: blindness except from cream pies and venom confusion hallucination stun sickness nausea (from eating tripe/eggs) lost attribute points. Sickness is […]

There Is That Is Destroyed Unjustly

For S.B., who is blameless and has not yet tasted sin. A provocative Talmudic agadah asserts that some deaths are unjust, citing as an example the bizarre tale of a minion of the Angel of Death whose misinterpretation of his instructions resulted in the termination of the wrong woman: רב יוסף כי מטי להאי קרא […]

Avoiding צרעת Like the Plague

Artscroll declares: For hundreds of years, the popular translation of צרעת [tzaraas] has been “leprosy,” and it was commonly accepted that prevention of the disease’s spread was the reason for the quarantine of a suspected victim of tzaraas and the exclusion from the camp of a confirmed מצורע [metzora], the person smitten with the malady. […]