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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Fire by the students of Rabbi Akiva


Rabbi Akiva's tomb is a cave in the mountains of Tiberius, and reputedly his 24,000 students that died because they didn't accord enough respect to one another are buried in the surrounding vicinity. Tradition says that they died in the days of the counting of the Oamehr.

Today, just a few hours before we began counting the Oamehr a big brush fire started right below the tomb of Rabbi Akiva, and at least two fire-trucks were on scene to keep it contained and extinguish it. The baalay Mussar (moral, morale, ethics) say that bain udum lichavairo - between man and his friend - fighting is the aspect of FIRE.

Or maybe there was some chumetz there...

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