Sunday, October 20, 2013

A perverse form of honour


What would you do?

"Rabbi Yishmael's mother came and complained to the sages. She scolded him, saying, 'My son does not accord me honour!'

"The sages' faces reddened; they said, 'Can it be that Rabbi Yishmael does not accord his progenitors honour?!' They asked her, 'What did he do to you?'

"She replied: When he comes home from the rabbinic gatherings, I want to wash his feet and drink the water, and he won't allow it!

"The sages told Rabbi Yishmael: This is her desire, and this is her honour."

(Talmud Yerushalmi, Peah 1:1)

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