A recent ad in the Brooklyn-based, Yiddish-language Di Tzeitung newspaper boasts a use for the city’s most ubiquitous bird as a cure for warts.
The ad recommends that the bird blood be poured onto the offensive skin growth, left for an hour and then washed off. In two or three weeks, “with God’s help, there is no memory thereof.”
The woman who placed the ad told The Post her daughter had a wart on her hand that disappeared after the treatment.
One caveat, she said — the cure only works on Jews: “Gentiles are not capable of taking this.”
This didn’t go over well with some in the Orthodox community, who quite rightly assumed we would laugh at its ridiculousness. But one rabbi called it “like a talisman — something that helps you, but you don’t know why.” How about you think it helps you but it really does not. There is no plausibility for bird blood or blood of any kind to take away warts which often go away on their own… in 2 or 3 weeks. Convenient. Don’t bother killing the bird.