Brooklyn, NY – 15 Cow Tongues Found Nailed to Trees in Prospect Park

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    Brooklyn, NY – Fifteen calf tongues were found nailed to trees in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park recently.

    The bizarre sighting was made in Peninsula Meadow, just north of Prospect Lake.

    The tongues, which appeared to come from a butcher shop, were hanging about six feet off the ground from 15 different trunks, park officials said.

    Parks Department officials said it’s a mystery why the animal parts were hung, but animal tongues are sometimes used in cult or fringe religious rituals.

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    42 COMMENTS

    1. Dated Til the Cows Come Home

      This was probably organized by PETA to protest Shechita.
      It is intended to teach us to do teshuva for lashon hara, ona’as devorim, and mesira.
      We should improve our ways by prospectively learning how to park better, and cleaning out our trunks.

      Seriously Speaking, I am delighted that there are crazier people in the world, than the ones that I associate with! May our tables be laden with abundance during the upcoming yomim tovim as we thank Hashem for the good He does for us, despite our human failings.

    2. This isn’t funny. These “cult or fringe religious rituals” are witchcraft, voodoo, satanism and the practitioners can be dangerous. This really does happen in American in 2009. There’s a reason the Torah warns us against it and the Torah doesn’t write silliness. This is real and chas v’challila, it works.

      • Shomer Yisroel, Shmor She’aris Yisroel, V’al Yo’vad Yisrael, Ha’Omerim Shema Yisrael.

        Worrying about such things is not required by Halacha.
        Refraining from Doing them is required.
        Focusing on what you ARE supposed to be doing usually is a good idea.

      • This is not “real” – it is foolishness and forbidden according to the Torah. Here is what Rabbeinu Moshe ben Maimon wrote in Hilchos Avoda Zara 11:16

        ודברים האלו–כולן, דברי שקר וכזב הן; והן שהטעו בהן עובדי עבודה זרה הקדמונים לגויי הארצות, כדי שיינהו אחריהן. ואין ראוי לישראל, שהן חכמים מחוכמים, להימשך בהבלים אלו, ולא להעלות על הלב שיש בהן תעלה: שנאמר “כי לא נחש ביעקוב, ולא קסם בישראל” (במדבר כג,כג), ונאמר “כי הגויים האלה, אשר אתה יורש אותם–אל מעוננים ואל קוסמים, ישמעו; ואתה–לא כן, נתן לך ה’ אלוהיך” (דברים יח,יד).
        כל המאמין בדברים אלו, וכיוצא בהן, ומחשב בליבו שהן אמת ודברי חכמה, אבל התורה אסרה אותן–אינו אלא מן הסכלים ומחסרי הדעת, ובכלל הנשים והקטנים שאין דעתן שלמה. אבל בעלי החכמה ותמימי הדעת, יידעו בראיות ברורות–שכל אלו הדברים שאסרה תורה, אינן דברי חכמה, אלא תוהו והבל שנמשכו בהן חסרי הדעת, ונטשו כל דרכי האמת בגללן. ומפני זה אמרה תורה, כשהזהירה על כל אלו ההבלים, “תמים תהיה, עם ה’ אלוהיך” (דברים יח,יג).

        All these matters [i.e. necromancy, enchantment, etc] are all matters of falsehood and deceit, and it was with these that the early idolaters made the other [non-idolatrous] gentiles deviate and follow them. It is not fitting for Jews, who are the cleverest of the clever, to use such nonsense, or even to think that they are of any use, for it is written, “Surely there is no enchantment in Jacob, or divination in Israel”, and it is also written, “For these nations, whom you shall dispossess, listen to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not permitted you to do so”. Anyone who believes in these or similar things and privately thinks that they are true and wise, but that [we don’t practice them because] the Torah forbade them, is an idiot and lacks knowledge, and is in the category of women and children, who are of an deficient mentality. But those people who are wise and of a perfect mentality know very clearly that all these things that the Torah forbade are not wise, but are merely stuff and nonsense which those lacking in knowledge follow and because of which abandon the ways of truth. Because of this, when warning us against these nonsenses, the Torah says, “You shall be perfect with the Lord your God”.

          • You are 100% right. The rishonim as a group believed that magic is real. Almost all people in those days believed in magic, because there was no modern science yet. The Rambam was almost alone in his opposition. At least now we know that the Rambam was right all along, and the majority was wrong.

            • First, maybe science/nature changed (and perhaps, magic arts were lost, to be replaced by entertainment), and, second, do you really want to call Rishonim ‘wrong’?

      • What do you mean “IT works”?? What does hanging cow’s tongues from trees accomplish? Brings curses and blessings? Makes it rain frogs and snakes? Please explain.

    3. I would like to suggest that we all send peta yemach sh’mom v\zichrom emails and faxes about this. Ask them why they seem not to be bothered here but for sh’chita they are unfortunately alive and kicking.

    4. What bal tashchis! The world lost several dozen good deli sandwiches mit pickles und ah diet Dr. Brown’s black cherry soda. And for those of you who dislike tongue, how do you feel about p’tcha?

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