One rabbi says that Jewish law forbids the ingestion of Viagra on Shabbat, lest one violate the infraction of erecting a structure on the Sabbath.
But another rabbi says that as a medication which adds pleasure to the Sabbath (not to mention the rest of the week), it is permissible. However, taking Viagra is taboo during Passover - as well as any other agent that causes things to rise.
Which raises (you'll excuse the expression) yet another question: What blessing does an observant Jew say before taking the Viagra pill?
There is a choice of three blessings:
1. Boruch Atah HaShem zokeif kfuffim -- Bless you Lord for straightening those who are bent.
2. Boruch Atah HaShem yaaleh vyavo -- Bless you Lord for causing things to arise and come.
3. Boruch Atah HaShem mechayei hameitim -- Bless you Lord for raising the dead.
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begins with Interstate 80. Not the most engaging topic, I know, but when you think about it, I-80 runs all the way across the North American continent linking San Francisco and New York. It's not just a ribbon of asphalt, it's a portal to far away, almost magical places.
My visits to major cities like Tokyo, London and Washington DC have been business affairs. I haven't rode a lot of roller coasters or ridden in open air buses, but I have visited with senators, bought yams from the back of a truck and barely escaped complete embarrassment when I was introduced to Matt Wiener in Vegas.
As I wrote the book I realized that over the years exotic, distant places have become more like the mundane places I've called home. But, as it turns out, there really aren't any mundane places, only mundane ways of looking at things.
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