If you read the label of a bottle of Dr. Bronner's soap you will find--as I was flabbergasted to find--that the very last words are a whimsical English translation of "Shema Yisroel."

Dr. Bronner was the son of two Orthodox Holocaust victims HY"D. He had a very interesting mind.

The actual text on the bottle is "Listen Children Eternal Father Eternally One!"

  • Must Dr. Bronner's Soap stay out of the bathroom because it contains the text of a pasuk? (re: Berachot 26)
  • Is the bottle sheimos?
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    I've actually wondered this myself. Depending on the bottle, I think, it also contains some strange other text that may or may not pose problems (being derived from christian scripture)... Mar 3, 2016 at 3:10
  • That's why the line sounds familiar! I didn't realize it was supposed to be Shma.
    – Scimonster
    Mar 3, 2016 at 6:22
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    if somthing was made with the intention of it being used in a disgraceful fashion such as being brought into the bathroom then it doesnt have any significance
    – sam
    Dec 28, 2016 at 15:52
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  • He actually broks a huge number of pesukim on there, not just Shema Yisroel
    – SAH
    Nov 7, 2018 at 16:29

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Earlier on the label it mentions Jesus being a student of Hillel. That makes this label a work of a min. Even torah scrolls written by minim lack holiness and dont go into shemos.

Source later.

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    This is a very interesting begining of answer. But if you give a proof that saying that JC is a student of Hillel makes the speaker a min this is even better. Gemara said he was a student of Yehoshua Ben Perachia and that he became a min.
    – kouty
    Dec 28, 2016 at 13:49
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    The statement suggests that Jesus was less of a renegade, legitimizing him. It many not make one a bona fida min for the purposes of a Kefira conviction, but it is certainly min-ish. Dec 28, 2016 at 15:30
  • yes I agree min_ish
    – kouty
    Dec 28, 2016 at 15:47
  • Related to this answer: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/16273/…
    – SAH
    Mar 13, 2018 at 0:24
  • @Clinteastwood Would it have been better if he had said Jesus was a student of Yehoshua ben Perachia? (That, as far as I know, is true)
    – SAH
    Mar 13, 2018 at 13:01

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