The community leaders were taken from their cells and brought before the governor. He shouted at them, accusing them of plotting the prisoner’s escape.
The people looked at each other in amazement. What did he mean? Why was this Rosh Hashanah so special?
If the earthly court decreed that today is Rosh Hashanah, Hashem commands the angels to call the heavenly court into session.
They protested their innocence, but the tax collector would not listen to them and they were subsequently jailed.
Even if a king greets you, you should not answer him. Even if a snake winds itself about you, you must not interrupt your prayers.
But what did the foolish servants do? They put on the royal robes and went about their work. Being very busy with their work, they forgot that they were wearing the king’s garments.
A few weeks later, the master killed the hog and made a banquet for his friends.
One Shavuos, the people of Slutzk walked their beloved rav home and ate with gusto the foods that the rebbetzin had cooked. When they had finished they waited for the customary divrei Torah.
Despite all the evil that she had done to him in the years gone by, Rabi Yosi now forgot the past.
Rushing over to the table, he saw a precious diamond, magnificent in its sparkling beauty, inside the fish.
The question bothered him very much and he decided to go to the town square where all the poor were gathered and ask them.
Running into his house, he told the good news to his wife and then sat down to say Tehillim in praise to the Almighty.
What you have given me is not really mine. At any moment you can grow angry with me and take it back. How can I list it then as my own?
It was only worth a few marks, but you had no money for it and you said that if I gave it to you, you would give me all the money you would eventually have over 10,000 marks.
David’s face fell and he said: “Dov, you know my financial position. I am a poor man. How can I get 1,000 marks?”
Taking out a penknife from his pocket, David showed it to Daniel. Never had the latter seen anything so lovely.
Rav Nathan immediately thought that this would be a wonderful opportunity to meet some political figures who might be able to help him free the Benjamin Bainash.
“Very well,” answered Purus, “you may join my armies and watch as we destroy Alexander with our animals.”
The fair closed and spring turned into summer and the peddler never came to call for his sack. The rebbetzin soon forgot about it.
But the people understood Yisro’s real reason for wishing to step down and they grew angry.