Sunday, September 23, 2012

The righteousness of Abba Chilkiyah's wife


"[They asked Abba Chilkiyah, after he and his wife prayed for rain, and the rain came:] Why did the rainclouds come from your wife's corner, instead of from your corner?

"[He replied:] Because my wife is found at home and she gives bread to the needy, so that the benefit is immediate; I give money, and the benefit is not immediate. Alternatively, because of zealots who were in our neighbourhood; I prayed that they die and she prayed that they repent. [And they repented.]"

(Talmud, Taanit 23b)

Gmar tov,

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