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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Best Sex Slang Ever

It is well-known that many rabbis encouraged sex as a way to celebrate Sabbath. It is also well-known that these rabbis preferred to use euphemisms for sex. What is new to me is that the phrase "eating garlic on Sabbath eve" was a popular euphemism to refer to Friday night coitus (m. Ned. 8:6; y. Meg. 4:1 [75a]; b. B.Q. 82a). It seems that some of these joyous Sabbath keepers came to be known as “garlic eaters” (m. Ned. 3:10; t. Ned. 2:4).

Ah the good ole days, when sex and garlic joined forces to keep the Sabbath holy!



  1. Keeps away vampires, too.

    Or so I am told.

  2. BTW, in case some of you are worried that things may be getting a bit cray-cray down at the local Jewish Community Center, the "sex" Anthony refers to is of the monogamous married kind.

    "It's Shabbos, what say you?" is NOT an effective pick-up line.

    Or so I have heard.

    1. Maybe you're not doing it correctly, Larry.


  3. If anything during sex tastes like garlic, you're doing it wrong.

  4. This gives new meaning to the line from *It's a Wonderful Life*: "... playing nursemaid to a bunch of garlic eaters".