Saturday, January 29, 2011

Longing for death


“Decreeing death for the righteous is difficult for Gd, as it is written (Tehullim 116), ‘Death of His righteous ones is precious in the eyes of Gd.’ What does Gd do? He shows them their reward, so that they will ask for death.

“When Rabbi Avahu was dying, Gd showed him his reward. He was shocked, and he said, ‘All of this for Avahu?!’ He applied the verse (Yeshayah 49), ‘I said I had worked for nothing, and depleted my strength for emptiness and a lack of substance – but my justice is with Gd.’ And he immediately desired to die.”

(Midrash Tanchuma Vayechi 4)

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