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19 Grief, Triumph, Expulsion

by Aryeh Wineman
19 Grief, Triumph, Expulsion A student’s grief over Simeon Bar Yohai’s death gives way to a vision of the sage in the Celestial Academy, followed in turn by the disciple’s expulsion from the very setting of the vision. Rabbi Hiyya bent down to the ground and bowed, kissing the dust and weeping. He cried out, “ Dust, dust, how utterly stubborn you are! How brazen you are, that in you all the delights of the eye wear out in a state of oblivion. All the pillars of light in the world you extinguish and shatter. Indeed, how very brazen are you! For the Holy Light that illumined the world, the great master through whose merit the world continues to exist, decays and wears away within you. “ Rabbi Simeon, the very light of light, the light of the worlds— you perish in the dust, you who are responsible for sustaining the world.” Completely beside himself for a moment, he  exclaimed, “ Dust, dust, be not proud, for the Pillars of the world1 will  not be delivered into your hands; Rabbi Simeon will not wear away in you.” Still weeping, Rabbi Hiyya stood up and began walking togetherwith Rabbi  Yose. Beginning that day, he fasted for a total of fortydays2 with  the hope of being able to see Rabbi Simeon ( in a vision). But instead,  he was told, “ You are not permitted to see him.” Hewept3 and  fasted another forty days; then, in a vision, he saw Rabbi Simeon with his son, Rabbi Eleazar, with thousands listening to his words, as they were conversing  on the very subject on which Rabbi Yose himself had just spoken. 4 He  noticed many large winged heaven-   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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19 Grief, Triumph, Expulsion A student’s grief over Simeon Bar Yohai’s death gives way to a vision of the sage in the Celestial Academy, followed in turn by the disciple’s expulsion from the very setting of the vision. Rabbi Hiyya bent down to the ground and bowed, kissing the dust and weeping. He cried out, “ Dust, dust, how utterly stubborn you are! How brazen you are, that in you all the delights of the eye wear out in a state of oblivion. All the pillars of light in the world you extinguish and shatter. Indeed, how very brazen are you! For the Holy Light that illumined the world, the great master through whose merit the world continues to exist, decays and wears away within you. “ Rabbi Simeon, the very light of light, the light of the worlds— you perish in the dust, you who are responsible for sustaining the world.” Completely beside himself for a moment, he exclaimed, “ Dust, dust, be not proud, for the Pillars of the world1 will not be delivered into your hands; Rabbi Simeon will not wear away in you.” Still weeping, Rabbi Hiyya stood up and began walking together with Rabbi Yose. Beginning that day, he fasted for a total of forty days2 with the hope of being able to see Rabbi Simeon ( in a vision). But instead, he was told, “ You are not permitted to see him.” He wept3 and fasted another forty days; then, in a vision, he saw Rabbi Simeon with his son, Rabbi Eleazar, with thousands listening to his words, as they were conversing on the very subject on which Rabbi Yose himself had just spoken. 4 He noticed many large winged heaven- < < C h a p t e r >> Home | T O C For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com
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