Sunday, November 28, 2004

Comedians

Rabbi Beroka of Bei Chozai would frequent the marketplace of Bei Lefet. The prophet Eliyahu often appeared to him. Once, Rabbi Beroka said to Eliyahu: "Is there anyone in this marketplace who is destined for the World to Come?"

In the meantime, two other people entered the marketplace.

Eliyahu said to Rabbi Beroka, "These ... are destined for the World to Come."

Rabbi Beroka approached them and asked, "What do you do?"

They replied, "We are comedians and we go to cheer up those who are depressed. Additionally, whenever we see two people involved in a quarrel, we strive hard to make peace between them."

(Talmud – Ta’anis 22a)


1 Comments:

At November 28, 2004 at 11:45:00 AM EST, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

I really like this. I think that there are too many people who have forgotten how to laugh. It truly heals the world.

 

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