Ahab and Elijah a la Talmud Yerushalmi

See earlier posts in this series for some background. Note how in the following source, Chiel is depicted as having a pious streak, or at least perhaps having some thoughts of repentance following his tragedy. Achav, however, quickly squelches Chiel’s attempted positive spiritual thrust. Yerushalmi Sandhedrin 10:2: It is written: ‘Eliyahu (Elijah) the Tishbite, of […]

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Of Prophets, Kings and… Chicken?

In this earlier post, we discussed the meeting between the prophet Eliyahu and King Achav that led to Eliyahu’s decree that the rains be withheld. See my question on this incident there. I subsequently found another midrashic source discussing this same incident with slight variation. Tana d’Vey Eliyahu Zuta 8: Achav (Ahab), King of Israel, […]

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Sickness Is Next to Godliness?

Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 101:4: Some say that [one one must pray only in the Holy Tongue (Hebrew)] when one is asking for one’s needs, such as praying for a sick person… Mishnhah Berurah, ad loc: That is, when [the one praying] is not in the presence of the sick person, but in the presence of the […]

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Of Prophets, Anger, and Humor

The actions by Eliyahu noted in the previous post precipitated an interesting response from a sage of the Mishnaic period, many centuries later. It is well known that Eliyahu was granted immortality, rising to heaven alive, and according to Jewish tradition, continues to visit the Jewish people secretly throughout the generations, and will ultimately reveal […]

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Tefilah (Prayer) 101

Beur Halachah to Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 101:3 Magen Avraham wrote in the name of Sepher Chasidim that it is preferable to pray in a language that one understands if one does not understand the Holy Tongue. It is clear from Sepher Chasidim 588 that this is specifically if one is G-d fearing and one’s […]

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