web analytics
January 18, 2017 / 20 Tevet, 5777
Sponsored Post
Classifieds Section Check out the Jewish Press Classifieds

You can buy, sell and find what you need in the Jewish Press Classifieds section.

Rabi Akiva Clarifies

Printer-Ready Page Layout

“If that is so,” countered the man, “how dare you go against His Will? If the Almighty desired a man to be sick, how can you take it upon yourselves to defy His Will?”

“Tell me,” said Rabi Akiva, “what is your occupation?”

“I am a farmer,” replied the man. “I have a large and beautiful field outside of Jerusalem.”

“I see,” said Rabi Akiva. “And who created the earth on which you work?”

“Why, the Almighty,” said the man.

“And what do you do to your field in order that it shall bring forth wheat?”

“I work very hard,” said the man. “I clear the land of stones and thistles, plough it, sow it, and finally reap it. It is laborious work to make this land productive.”

“But how dare you go against the Will of G-d,” said Rabi Akiva. “After all, He made this land sickly and unproductive and you now come and attempt to make it grow things by your own hands. Why do you not wait until the Almighty makes the produce grow by itself?”

“But that is impossible,” cried the man. “Man must work the soil or nothing will ever grown.”

“Remember,” said Rabi Akiva, “man is like the tree of the field too. He needs medicine, he needs help and the Almighty desires us to improve on the world that He created.

Rabbi Sholom Klass

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.

Imported and Older Comments:

Current Top Story
Watch: Bedouin Terrorist Ramming Police [video]

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/kidz/midrash-stories/rabi-akiva-clarifies/2012/09/14/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: