Wednesday, August 13, 2008



Preface: Rabban Gamliel decided to give Rabbi Elazar Chisma and Rabbi Yochanan ben Gudgida positions of political authority [so that they could be supported by their salaries].

"He sent for them, but they didn't come. He sent again, and they finally came.

"He said to them, 'Do you think I am offering you authority [and so you demurred in order to avoid honor]? I am offering you slavery!"

Rashi explains: Authority is actually slavery, because a person becomes responsible for others.

(Talmud, Horiyyot 10a-b)

Have a great day,

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