The poor farmer was thunderstruck and mortified. He ran back to the Chofetz Chaim and fell on his knees before the tzaddik, his eyes filled with tears.
“Every year when I do the service in the Kodesh HaKedashim I behold a figure, that of an old man – an angel – who is always dressed in white and who enters and leaves with me.
The sages asked them, “Why are you unwilling to instruct others?”
Shimon HaTzaddik was appalled that the young man had become a nazir knowing that his hair would be cut.
“Let us ask that gentleman to explain this difficult passage to us,” they said to one another.
Her deed found great favor in the eyes of the Almighty and He sent blessings on the work of her hands so that she became wealthy.
On the third day, while waiting outside, they again heard a noise from the room.
“What!” she cried. “Didn’t you know that the ring contained an expensive diamond, which was worth a lot of money?”
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The first question the king asked was, “What shall a king do to make his rule successful so that he can reign all of his life in peace and happiness?”
Aristeas remained in Jerusalem viewing the sights. He was honored by being permitted to view the kohanim doing the avodah in the Beis HaMikdash.
“Greetings to you,” they called out, “will you be kind enough to give us a blessing?”
“In Chad Gadya we find that the shochet kills the ox and is immediately killed in turn by the Malach HaMaves.
His fifth stage of life starts when he is 18 years of age. He is then compared to a mule.
To his amazement and disappointment, however, David HaMelech showed not the slightest indication of stopping for even a moment.
When his students saw the mule, they decided to clean it and smooth it for their teacher.
Rav Yosef Shmuel looked at the guests and said, “I am very sorry, but I am hired to do the holy work of teaching children Torah. I am not allowed to waste even a moment from this work. This evening, when I have finished, I will be glad to see you and talk with you.”
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.
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.”
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