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Original and interesting study of the meaning of piety amoung observant Jews of the late Second Temple period.

10 SOME TYPES OF disposal, 1 except perhaps on Fridays later in the afternoon, when they were preparing for the reception of the Sabbath. 2 Once a man who had wagered to make Hillel angry came on Friday afternoon, when Hillel was washing his head, 3 and called out for him in the street, and in a way display-ing deliberate disrespect; though, as his high wager4 shows, he belonged to the class of citizens of Jerusalem that knew manners. Ignoring it, Hillel wrapped himself, came out to meet him, and asked him what he desired. ‘ I have a question to ask’. ‘ Ask, my son, ask’. ‘ Why are the heads of the Babylonians not round?’ Whereas other men or women submitted questions of religious law arising out of daily life, this man invented a subject of no consequence, nor concerning practical life, but one aiming at Hillel who was a Babylonian. ‘ My son, you have asked a great question’; and he answered it. The man left, but returned after a a woman asked you about her purification, could you advise her to bathe in this pit, because its water could purify her?’ ( Kohel. r. 4. 17). 1 When R. Ishmael and R. Simeon were about to be executed by the Romans ( 2 ARN. 41, 57 b), the first asked his friend, Has ever a woman come to you to ask a question about her purification, or a man about his vow, and they were kept waiting, because you were asleep or having a meal, or you were engaged, or perhaps the servant would not allow the person to enter? R. Simeon answered, The servant had the order not to stop anybody from entering, whether I was asleep or having a meal. Though in the parallel account in ARN. 38, 57 b R. Ishmael said to R. Simeon, ‘ Perhaps, when you were sitting and expounding on the Temple Mount and all the multitudes of Israel were sitting before you, you were conceited’, the incidents referred to did not happen in Temple times, but in the year 117, when under Trajan an attempt was made to rebuild the Temple ( see Schechter, Agadath Shir Hashirim 99, Grünhut, Midrash on Canticles 3 b, 7 a, and Baraitha Berakh. 58 a: When once ben Zoma saw a multitude on the stairs on the Temple Mount, he said, & c.), see Schlatter, Tage Trajan’s und Hadrian’s, 88 ff., Mekhil. Exod. 22. 22. 2 Rabh reports in Shabb. 25 b how R. Jehudah b. Ilai washed every Friday his face, hands, and feet in warm water, and dressed in a white mantle in honour of the Sabbath. This happened between 137 and 160. 3 In a parallel, but in many details different account of the incident in 2 ARN. 29, 30 b, the man waked him from his sleep, and put several additional questions. 4 The amount of 400 Zuzs was, e. g. the double of the usual marriage settlement, or that of the daughter of a priest ( Kethub. I, 5).   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C

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