Saturday, July 09, 2005
Thinking about hummus
An irresponsible remark, of course, since I don't know anything about rabbi Mordechai Eliahu politics, but it got a laugh.1
Small jokes like this one depend upon a philosophical distinction that I've mentioned from time to time in these parts. The distinction I have in mind is between reasons and explanations. My remark purported to identify Eliahu's reason for ruling as he did, but really fixed on an explanation of that ruling which Eliahu wouldn't endorse even if it were true. The humor, such as it is, depends on the audience recognizing the incongruity.
1 It's all in the delivery.