Monday, October 17, 2011

Bring the children to learn


"It was taught: Once R’ Yochanan ben Berokah and R’ Elazar Chisma went to great R’ Yehoshua in Peki’in. He said to them: What novelty was stated in the study hall today?

"They responded: We are your students, and we drink your water.

"He replied: Still, it is not possible to have a study hall without a novelty. Whose Shabbat was it?

"They replied: It was the Shabbat of R’ Elazar ben Azaryah.

"He asked: What was the lesson topic?

"They answered: The section of Hakhel [the mitzvah of gathering the nation to hear sections of the Torah read aloud by the king at the site of the Beit haMikdash, every seven years].

"He asked: What did he say?

"They answered: He taught: “Why do the children come? In order to give reward to those who bring them.”

"He said: You had a great gem in your hands, and you tried to make me lose it!"

(Talmud, Chagigah 3a)

Good moed,

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