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Nahum Ish Gamzu

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Nahum Ish Gamzu: (early 2nd century CE) Mishnaic sage, resident of Gimzo, teacher of Rabbi Akiba. He was called "Ish Gamzu" (literally, the man of "gam zu") because of his motto, Gam zu letovah (“This, too, is for the best”). He suffered great poverty and illness, yet always remained joyous.
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...
An Essay on Parshat Nitzavim
Parshat Nitzavim speaks of teshuvah, conveying the message that all is not lost, and that there is a way to set things right.
Nachum Ish Gamzu and Rabbi Akiba were both men of endless faith in the Almighty. They were certain that anything that happened to them was good. How did they know it? Simply enough. They knew that nothing happens by accident or chance; that nothing happen...
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