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Among the early amoraim is ר׳ יוחנן נפחא (Rabbi Yochanan Nafcha), brother-in-law to the amora Resh Lakish. His name translates as John Smith; cf. Wikipedia and Morfix. This obviously refers to the Doctor, since “John Smith” is one of his favorite aliases.

But what’s Doctor Who doing in the Talmud?


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I’ve got to wonder how large the intersection is between Doctor Who fandom and those who appreciate Purim Torah. –  J. C. Salomon Feb 22 '13 at 13:40
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I think i once saw him trying to run away from a Dalek gas station in Israel. –  Danno Feb 22 '13 at 14:44
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In Loshon HaKodesh "Who" is "Me", although in English we would say who am I. So I believe that the question is what am I doing in the Talmud? –  Yirmeyahu Feb 22 '13 at 15:57
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Now I know why the Doctor always has a companion: ת״ר איזהו שוטה היוצא יחידי בלילה והלן בבית הקברות והמקרע את כסותו איתמר רב הונא אמר עד שיהו כולן בבת אחת ר׳ יוחנן אמר אפי׳ באחת מהן (Chagiga) –  msh210 Feb 22 '13 at 17:35
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I thought TARDIS is just an Anglicized form of TALMUD "it's bigger on the inside". –  Gary Feb 25 '13 at 0:56
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