Saturday, June 6, 2009

Learning not to complain


"In the fall, Rachel and Rabbi Akiva slept in a straw storage area, and she picked straw from his beard. He told her, 'If I had it, I would give you a Yerushalayim shel zahav [a beautiful gold ornament with the horizon of Jerusalem]!'

"Eliyahu haNavi came and appeared as a person and called at the gate, saying, 'Give me a little straw, for my wife has given birth and we have nothing on which she could lie.' R’ Akiva told his wife, 'See, this man even lacks straw!'"

(Talmud, Nedarim 50a)

Have a great day,

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