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Rabbi Chananya, the son of Akashya, said: The Holy One, blessed be He, was pleased to make Israel worthy; therefore He gave them a vast Torah and many commandments; as it is said: It pleased G-d, for His righteousness' sake, to make the Torah great and ho...
During the period when the Jews suffered bitterly under the rule of the hated Emperor Hadrian who quelled the uprising of Bar Kochba, razed the great city of Bethar and murdered many Jews, among them Rabbi Akivah (approximately in the year 3880, 52 years ...
Yehudah HaNasi
I. Rabbi Judah was the son of Rabbi Simeon ben Gamliel and was elected "Prince" (Nassi) after the death of his father. He was born on the very day that Rabbi Akiba died in the hands of the Romans. In the Mishnah, Rabbi Judah the Prince (Yehudah HaNasi) is...
Suddenly they heard a heavenly voice saying, “Have you come to destroy My world? Go back to your cave!”
Many years ago, when our Jewish people lived in our Holy Land under the rule of the Romans, there lived among them a great and saintly sage, named Nachum. Rabbi Nachum used to say that everything HaShem does is for the good. Therefore, even if something t...
The "Rain Maker"
Now that the rainy season has begun (in Eretz Yisroel the first rains called Yoreh begin to fall in the month of Mar-Cheshvan), let us tell you the story of Abba Chilkiah, the "Rain-maker," which the Talmud (Taanith 23 a-b) tells us. We call him the "Rain...
The donkeys in the attic
Here is a story about Rabbi Elazar the son of Rabbi Shimon, when he was a young boy. A number of merchants came one day to Sidon, where Rabbi Shimon dwelt. They came to buy grain, and brought with them their donkeys, and of course a sizable amount of mone...
One of the Tannaim (the great Sages of the Mishnah), was Rabbi Ishmael ben Elisha, who lived some fifty years after the Destruction of the Second Beth Hamikdosh. He lived at the time of Rabbi Akiva, and like him, he was one of the Ten Martyrs who were cru...
One of the great Tannaim who lived at the time of the destruction of the Beth Hamikdosh was Rabbi Tarfon. Rabbi Tarfon lived in Lydda, but he very often came to Yavneh to take part in the discussions of the Sanhedrin. He was a descendant of a priestly fam...
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