Thursday, July 12, 2012

Respect for local authority


"The sage Ulla went to Pumbedita. A person there brought him a bloody cloth to examine (to determine purity or impurity of its contents), but he refused to examine it.

"He explained: 'Rabbi Elazar is the Master Sage of Israel, and yet when he travels to Rabbi Yehudah's region he won't perform such an examination (out of respect for Rabbi Yehudah), how could I now perform such an examination in Pumbedita?!'"

(Talmud, Niddah 20b)

המצפה לישועה,

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