Monday, July 07, 2008

Sfas Emes - died of writer's cramp?

First Moses Feinstein and now this?

From Wikipedia article on Sfas Emes:

During the Russo-Japanese War many of his young followers were drafted into the Russian Army and sent to the battlefields in Manchuria. Alter was very worried over these devotees and would constantly write to them. It began to be detrimental to his health. On 11 January 1905 (5 Shevat 5665) he died at the age of 57 of writer's cramp.

Can someone die from writer's cramp?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's almost as lethal as writer's block ;-).

July 07, 2008 4:12 PM  
Blogger Iyov said...

Well, it seems that someone was having fun on Wikipedia -- see here for links to several other dubious edits by this prankster.

But on the other hand, if it is in Wikipedia, it must be true.

July 07, 2008 4:53 PM  
Blogger -suitepotato- said...


I am still laughing right now.

That was priceless.

Writer's cramp... Just enough reality to make people go "hmmm..."

July 07, 2008 10:56 PM  
Blogger micha said...

Notice though that it was caught and corrected in 3 days.

BTW, I personally chuckled at "Rabbit Isaac Leeser" in their entry on Orthodox Judaism, subtitle "Origin of the Term 'Orthodox'"

July 08, 2008 12:36 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...


I corrected it!


July 08, 2008 1:24 PM  

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