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December 4, 2016 / 4 Kislev, 5777
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Yannai and Rabi Shimon

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When they reached the point where the guards were stationed, they were questioned as to where they were going and what they were carrying.

They replied, “We are carrying our ladders to a place further on to take down young pigeons from the dovecot.”

The guards saw nothing suspicious and they permitted them to pass. Having safely eluded the guards they arrived at the Beit Hamikdash where they took the ladders apart and carried in the wood for the mizbayach.

To these men and to others who emulated their examples, Chazal quoted the following passage in Proverbs 10:7, “The memory of the righteous shall be for a blessing.” To the evil people who issued the decree, they applied the sentence, “But the name of the wicked shall rot” (ibid.).

Rabbi Sholom Klass

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