Ketuvot 65 - 71
"Fortunate is the Jewish People! When they do the will of
This exclamation of Rabban Yochanan ben Zakai expresses the fortune of the Jewish People whether or not they are ruled over. The Maharsha explains that this special treatment of the Jewish People is a sign of their loftiness as the nation of
- Ketuvot 66b
“Do you think I’m taking their food? I eat from what
This rhetorical question was the response of a needy person who approached the Sage Rava for charity in order to buy food. When Rava learned that the beggar had expensive “tastes”, Rava expressed concern that granting funds for the man’s exorbitant culinary practice would strain the public charity resources. The beggar argued that
Just then, Rava’s sister whom he hadn’t seen in 13 years came to visit him with the exact “first-class” meal that the beggar requested. Rava saw this as a sign from above that the beggar was correct, and instructed that the meal his sister brought for him be given to the beggar instead.
- Ketuvot 67b