web analytics
May 30, 2015 / 12 Sivan, 5775
At a Glance
Kidz
Sponsored Post


Never Mistreat A Person


Tales-of-The-Midrash-logo

The following day, Yehuda visited the Beit Medrash of Rabi Yohanan, who was then the leading sage in Israel.

“Will the Rav be kind enough and expound the Torah to me,” requested the prince.

“It is very difficult to do so with only one hand,” answered Rabi Yohanan. The prince immediately understood that he was referring to his right-hand pupil and brother-in-law, Resh Lakish, who was in hiding.

“Where is he hiding?” asked the prince.

“Tomorrow, you and I will visit him,” said the prince.

The following day when the prince and Rabbi Yohanan visited the town of Hitai, Resh Lakish accompanied by the leaders of the town, went out to pay homage to the leaders of Israel.

“By you visiting me in this town, you have followed the example of our Creator,” said Resh Lakish. When G-d wanted to free the Jews from Egypt he did not send a messenger or an angel to do His work but He Himself came in person to free the Jews.”

“Tell me,” said the prince, “seeing that you respect me so highly, why did you have to say such harsh things against me when you were expounding the law in the Beit Medrash?”

“Would you for the moment think,” replied Resh Lakish, “that for the fear of a mere mortal I would hesitate to proclaim a law of the Torah? The laws of our Torah are above the whims or decrees of any person.”

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Never Mistreat A Person”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
What's happened to NYC's Celebrate Israel Parade?
Israel Rejects as ‘False’ UJA Federation’s Claims about Israel Parade ‘Inclusion’
Latest Kidz Stories
Gaonim-Midrash-logo-NEW

Finally, his wife came in with the dinner that she had hurriedly prepared and which was not comparable to the wonderful repast she had given away.

Gaonim-Midrash-logo-NEW

The great giant of his time, the Vilna Gaon, once said that the Shaagas Aryeh had the entire Talmud and its commentators at his fingertips and that he could relate the gist of all of them and their sources in one hour.

Gaonim-Midrash-logo-NEW

As for myself, I can only answer that the yetzer hara has persuaded me to take the position because of the honor.

Gaonim-Midrash-logo-NEW

“It must be that beggar,” he exclaimed. “He probably stole my cane.”

“If, however, he rules the other way – that something is not kosher when in reality it is kosher – and thus robs a poor man of his money, this is a far more serious thing.

“Come now, I insist. Tell me what errand of mercy you are on so that I too may have a share in the mitzvah.”

One of the most remarkable men in chassidic lore was Rav Yaakov Yitzchak Horowitz, known as the Chozeh of Lublin. Rav Yaakov Yitzchak was responsible for chassidus capturing the hearts of the vast majority of Polish Jewry. He was not only a great scholar but also possessed humility and modesty, traits that drew many other […]

The story of the Bnei Yisrael in the land of Mitzrayim is a tale that has become tragically repetitive in the history of our people. It is the story of a land which allows Jews to enter, devote their talents and energies to building that land and making it strong, only to have the inhabitants […]

The man has been found guilty and his soul is bitter because of it.

Now I know why Hashem punished us with the confiscation of our shul.

But the words would penetrate their hearts and each would say to himself: “But I, too, am doing this terrible thing.” In this way Reb Elimelech would inspire the people to teshuvah.

“I will tell you,” replied the rav. “I am very puzzled at why you suddenly desire to honor me and have me as your guest. What quality do you find in me that is new and worthy of merit?

“I wanted you to have a taste of the cold,” answered Rav Chaim. “This way, you too can feel the intense cold and realize the suffering of this man and his wife, who are now residing in a bitterly cold house.”

“Don’t worry,” said the king, “what could it be worth, two or three talents of gold? I’ll give you ten talents of gold, so you can forget about it.”

Shmuel HaKatan shook his head and said: “No, what happened here today is a sign not of great love. On the contrary, it is a bad omen.”

The arguments, however, could never appease his wife and one Thursday she came to him for money to purchase food for Shabbos.

More Articles from Rabbi Sholom Klass
Gaonim-Midrash-logo-NEW

Finally, his wife came in with the dinner that she had hurriedly prepared and which was not comparable to the wonderful repast she had given away.

Gaonim-Midrash-logo-NEW

The great giant of his time, the Vilna Gaon, once said that the Shaagas Aryeh had the entire Talmud and its commentators at his fingertips and that he could relate the gist of all of them and their sources in one hour.

As for myself, I can only answer that the yetzer hara has persuaded me to take the position because of the honor.

“It must be that beggar,” he exclaimed. “He probably stole my cane.”

“If, however, he rules the other way – that something is not kosher when in reality it is kosher – and thus robs a poor man of his money, this is a far more serious thing.

“Come now, I insist. Tell me what errand of mercy you are on so that I too may have a share in the mitzvah.”

One of the most remarkable men in chassidic lore was Rav Yaakov Yitzchak Horowitz, known as the Chozeh of Lublin. Rav Yaakov Yitzchak was responsible for chassidus capturing the hearts of the vast majority of Polish Jewry. He was not only a great scholar but also possessed humility and modesty, traits that drew many other […]

The story of the Bnei Yisrael in the land of Mitzrayim is a tale that has become tragically repetitive in the history of our people. It is the story of a land which allows Jews to enter, devote their talents and energies to building that land and making it strong, only to have the inhabitants […]

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/kidz/midrash-stories/never-mistreat-a-person/2013/06/07/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: