Monday, November 21, 2005

parshat Shlach: Taking וְלֹא-תָתוּרוּ literally

The pasuk in we recite in Shema, in Bemidbar 15:39:

לט וְהָיָה לָכֶם, לְצִיצִת, וּרְאִיתֶם אֹתוֹ וּזְכַרְתֶּם אֶת-כָּל-מִצְו‍ֹת ה, וַעֲשִׂיתֶם אֹתָם; וְלֹא-תָתוּרוּ אַחֲרֵי לְבַבְכֶם, וְאַחֲרֵי עֵינֵיכֶם, אֲשֶׁר-אַתֶּם זֹנִים, אַחֲרֵיהֶם. 39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye go not about after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go astray;
is not just good moral/religious advice, but safe driving advice as well.

According to UK News:
One-in-five male drivers are so distracted by scantily-clad models - like Kate Moss or Sophie Dahl - on roadside hoardings that they are likely to crash, new research published today claims.

However just one-in-10 women drivers will confess to being captivated by semi-naked male models in adverts.

One-in-four drivers in the UK have become so distracted by roadside objects that they have veered out of their lane, according to the study for Privilege Insurance.

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