Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Kamtza and Bar Kamtza, Part I


"Because of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza, Jerusalem was destroyed.

"There was a man whose friend was Kamtza, and whose enemy was Bar Kamtza. [Some suggest these were father and son.] The man made a feast, and told his servant, 'Go bring me Kamtza.' The servant went and brought Bar Kamtza.

"The man came and saw Bar Kamtza sitting at the feast, and said to him, 'You are my enemy – what do you want here? Get up and leave!'

"Bar Kamtza said: Since I have come, leave me, and I will pay you for whatever I eat and drink.

"The man said: No."

To be continued…

(Talmud, Gittin 55b-56a)

המצפה לישועה,

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