Long before Joffrey Baratheon was the Monday morning FABT (“Fucking-Awful-Blonde-Twerp”) people loved to hate around the office water cooler, aryan pipsqueek Draco Malfoy was sending an entire generation Harry Potter fans an apoplectic rage every time he opened his stupid mouth to spew horrible things from his dumb, smug face. Without question, Draco was at his most shitty when he introduced young readers to the wizardly term “Mudblood“, thereby bringing a healthy dose of racial (well, magical, but… you know) bigotry into the Harry Potter universe.
I mention this because, hey, it’s not like rational people actually believe that mixing blood is a sin, right? Well, rational people might not, but one Orthodox rabbi sure does. As reported by YourJewishNews.com, citing the Hebrew-language Yedioth Aharonot:
“Non Orthodox Jews eat bugs, therefore their blood is tainted. Also, as we all know, men and women need to stay segregated, therefore a Jewish man should not take blood even from a Jewish woman,” the rabbi wrote in his new book called, “With Blood You Shall Live.”
This new religious book deals with Jewish laws with regards to blood donations. “Those people eating bugs and meat from dead animals lose their mind, therefore getting blood from such a person will cause the Orthodox Jew to lose their mind as well,” the rabbi wrote.
Now, skipping over the assertion that eating meat from dead animals makes you crazy (I’m pretty sure taking bites out of living animals ain’t exactly a culinary gold standard…) this guy’s line of thinking is obviously, awfully troubling. Have we learned nothing from the last hundred years (to say nothing of the Harry Potter series) about the… erm, “unpleasantness” that occurs when people start ranting about keeping blood pure?
Which isn’t to say that the unnamed Rabbi has completely painted himself into an un-blood-transfusionable corner – he does have caveats. The book allegedly explains that, under life and death circumstances – and only under life and death circumstances – an Orthodox Jew may, in fact, take filthy, icky, yucky-poo non-Orthodox Jewish blood. But, if you’re a guy, and the only blood around is inside a lady? Well, you’d better be married, and hope she is too. Otherwise, no dice.
So, does this mean Orthodox Judaism is at risk of going the way of Draco Malfoy – full of sanguinized bigotry toward “mudbloods”? Probably not. One crazy Rabbi (thankfully) does not typically a movement make. But, hell, what do I know? I’ve been eating insects and dead animals for so long, I’m probably a little crazy.
If you’re interested in donating blood, and don’t have ridiculous ideas of who it can and can’t go to, you can learn more here.