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    Re: Joshua Slocum's navigational methods
    From: Herbert Prinz
    Date: 2005 Apr 18, 17:36 -0400

    Frank R asked
    
    > I wonder when swimming first became a 'mandatory' part of education.
    
    
    Codified some fifteen hundred years ago, the 'mandate' may have been in
    effect for much longer. From the Gemara of the Babylonian Talmud
    (Kiddushin 29a):
    
    "A father is obligated to circumcise his son, to redeem him, to teach
    him Torah, to find him a wife and to teach him a trade. Some say that he
    must also teach him to swim."
    
    Herbert Prinz
    
    
    

       
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