A Great Rabbi Was Concerned That He May Have Sinned… How Did He React to Afflictions?

A Great Rabbi Was Concerned That He May Have Sinned… How Did He React to Afflictions?

Although his flesh did not putrefy, even so Rabbi Elazar, son of Rabbi Simon, still did not rely on his own opinion, as he was worried that he may have erred in one of his decisions. He accepted afflictions upon himself as atonement for his possible sins. At night his attendants would spread out sixty felt bed coverings for him. In the morning, despite the bed coverings, they would remove sixty basins of blood and pus from underneath him.

The following day, i.e., every morning, his wife would prepare for him sixty types of relish [lifda] made from figs, and he would eat them and become healthy. His wife, concerned for his health, would not allow him to go to the study hall, so that the Rabbis would not push him beyond his limits.

In the evening, he would say to his pains: My brothers and my friends, come! In the morning he would say to them: Go away, due to the neglect of Torah study that you cause me. One day his wife heard him inviting his pains. She said to him: You are bringing the pains upon yourself. You have diminished the money of my father’s home due to the costs of treating your self-imposed afflictions. She rebelled against him and went back to her father’s home, and he was left with no one to care for him.

Meanwhile, there were these sixty sailors who came and entered to visit Rabbi Elazar, son of Rabbi Simon. They brought him sixty servants, each bearing sixty purses, and prepared him sixty types of relish and he ate them. When they had encountered trouble at sea, these sailors had prayed to be saved in the merit of Rabbi Elazar, son of Rabbi Simon. Upon returning to dry land, they presented him with these gifts.

One day, the wife of Rabbi Elazar, son of Rabbi Simon, said to her daughter: Go and check on your father and see what he is doing now. The daughter came to her father, who said to her: Go and tell your mother that ours is greater than theirs, i.e., my current financial status is greater than that of your father’s household. He read the verse about himself: “She is like the merchant-ships; she brings her food from afar” (Proverbs 31:14). As he was unhindered by his wife from going to the study hall, Rabbi Elazar, son of Rabbi Simon, ate and drank and became healthy and went out to the study hall (Bava Metzia 84b).


Source by Joel Engel

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