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Translation = Crime ?
Posted by: Marian-NYC (
Date: April 05, 2004 12:31PM

“If one translates a verse literally, he is a liar;
if he adds to it, he is a blasphemer and a libeller.”
–Rabbi Yehudah

The Rabbi was talking about translating religious texts. He's quoted by the organizers of a conference FOR TRANSLATORS, at
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Given the Talmudic feeling for paradox as a key to wisdom, I would guess that Rabbi Yehudah was himself a translator and he wasn't AGAINST translating, but he wanted to warn those involved to have humility about what they could and could not do.

Re: Translation = Crime ?
Posted by: Hugh Clary (
Date: April 05, 2004 02:18PM

Whom does one libel, God?

Re: Translation = Crime ?
Posted by: -Les- (
Date: April 05, 2004 03:44PM

Marian, a couple of years ago, a member of the forum here turned me on to a
site which translates passages from the Torah, and other Jewish holy books.
I think, can't be sure in this age of disappearing links, that this is the collection he showed me:

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