Sefer Ha-Aggadah 1:2:134

I’m just catching up on a couple of missed days of our daf yomi study of Sefer Ha-Aggadah and came across this hilarious explanation of drunken behavior at 1:1:134.

When Noah began planting, Satan came, stationed himself before him, and asked, “What are you planting?” Noah: “A vineyard.” […] Satan: “Will you agree to let both of us plant it together?” Noah: “Very well.”

What did Satan do? He brought an ewe lamb and slaughtered it over a vine. After that, he brought a lion, which he likewise slaughtered. Then a monkey, which he slaughtered over it. Finally a pig, which he again slaughtered over that vine. And with all the blood that dripped from them, he watered the vineyard.

The charade was Satan’s way of saying that when a man drinks one cup of wine, he acts like an ewe lamb, humble and meek. When he drinks tow, he immediately believe himself to be as strong as a lion and proceeds to brag mightily […] When he drinks three or four cups, he becomes like a monkey, hopping about giggling, and uttering obscenities in public, without realizing what he is doing. Finally, […] he is a like a pig, wallowing in mire and coming to rest among refuse.

All the above befell Noah.

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

2 Responses to Sefer Ha-Aggadah 1:2:134

  1. Jess, your L&A friend September 17, 2008 at 4:25 pm #

    I really enjoyed that. thanks for sharing.

  2. davidamwilensky September 17, 2008 at 11:42 pm #

    Glad you liked. Judaism has lots of funny to offer us.