Saturday, August 6, 2011

Punishment for failure to mourn


"Three sages sitting together said: If anyone knows anything about Kfar Sakhnia in Egypt, let him speak.

[One told of a betrothed couple, taken captive, who refused to touch each other without a halachic marriage. The two others told of their commitment to justice.]

"Abbaye asked Rav Yosef: If they were so righteous, why were they punished?

"Rav Yosef explained: They did not mourn for Jerusalem, as it is written, 'Be glad with Jerusalem and rejoice in her, all who love her; rejoice with her, all who mourn for her.'"

(Talmud, Gittin 57a)

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