Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A benefit of illness


"Until Yaakov came along, people did not weaken before they died. Yaakov prayed for this, and it happened to him, as it is written, 'And he said to Yosef, your father is ill.'"

(Talmud, Bava Metzia 87a)

Rashi explains, "So that a person would become weak before dying, and he could leave instructions for his household."

Have a great day,

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