Soon it was time for the cutting of the omer. However, to the great dismay of the people, there was not one among the Kohanim who knew where a barley field could be found.
This person was hotheaded and exclaimed: “You mind your own affairs; I will do as I please!”
Reb David kept quiet and paid no attention to her requests, for he didn’t have a penny in his pocket.
The prisoner is one of the most honorable people in the country. Even your governor will testify to that fact.
A rock sprang up near the place where Choni lay fast asleep and the rock grew up high in the form of a tent, until it encircled him completely.
Rabi Elazar looked down from his mule and perceived that the stranger was truly the ugliest man he had ever seen.
“I will tell you,” answered Rabi Zakkai. “All my life I have attempted to behave in purity and holiness. I never insulted or dishonored my fellowman. Finally, I never missed saying Kiddush on Shabbos.”
“But,” the people protested, “many have attempted to do as you advise and we see that they have not been able to succeed.”
Rabi Yehoshua attempted to reassure the hesitant man, “Fear not, my son. Your home and your possessions will be safe..."
Despite his refusal to bow to people, Rav Chaim was a humble and patient man and forgiving to those who insulted him.
“I have never understood this comment of Rashi. Why in the same context does Rashi explain ‘brothers’ to mean ‘sons’ and then ‘comrades’?
He loved Daniel very much, but was helpless to do anything in the face of all of his ministers and soldiers.
Rabi Akiva found the woman and saw that her son was indeed ignorant. With the mother’s permission, he circumcised the son and began to teach him all that a Jewish child should know.
He found a non-Jew who had a mule to sell and a bargain was quickly struck. Happily, Shimon Ben Shetach rode home thinking: “Now I can do my work quickly and have all the extra time to devote to teaching my students Torah.”
But suddenly, now that I am a maggid, a man of Torah, the distance becomes very near. How did the land in between suddenly become lost? How is it that from far it became near?
One day, a woman came to me to rent my mule. She gave me the few coins I normally charge for its hire. But as she turned away, leading the animal behind her, I heard her sob. I walked over to her and asked why she was crying.
If I angrily punished him for insulting me in his time of bitterness, then people would begin to question my objectivity and my judgment.
In his youth, tradition tells us, he lived the life of a pauper. Many a week he would fast two days, and even during his fast he would sit in the beis midrash and continue his studies.
“You can have your choice,” said the wise king. “You can choose to take this gold, 100 pieces each, or I can give you each three pieces of advice.”
A search of the premises failed to turn up any sign of the money and suspicion was directed against the shamash who had access to the entire house.
The day of the bidding for the franchise arrived and the community decided to make one last attempt to get Aptov to change his mind.
“This way I am purchasing Olam Habah with the mitzvah of building a mikvah,” the rich man explained.
The agent’s plan proved to be successful. Rich people began to respect him more and more. They increased the size of their donations. One wealthy patron, however, refused to give him any money at all.
You are constantly urging people to give charity, and you are instrumental in providing them with great mitzvos.
Rabi Chanina prayed and suddenly the room became brilliantly lit and a huge hand appeared and snatched the golden leg and disappeared with it.
Naturally, when these angels are called upon to testify concerning the life of the man who created them, being liars, they tell all sorts of false tales concerning this man.
After he finished he said to them, “Had I not familiarized myself with the subject you would have put me to public shame.”
The people trembled in fear. But standing at the side during the whole conversation was young Naftali – who understood Polish and overheard everything that had been said.
All day they prayed; all day they fasted. It was to no avail. The skies remained as before, the rain locked in and the land still thirsty.