Monday, December 31, 2012

The seductive nature of power


"R' Yehoshua ben Perachyah said: Initially, if anyone had told me to take a position of authority, I would have bound him up and thrown him to the lions.

"Now [that I have been made the Nasi, the leader of the Jews in Israel], if anyone would tell me to descend from my position I would pour boiling water over his head!"

[R' Yehoshua ben Perachyah is describing the seductiveness of political power.]

(Talmud, Menachot 109b)

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