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Who was the Jewish leader who single-handedly kept the Torah from being forgotten from Klal Yisrael? Don’t know? He did it by planting flax and making ropes. Still don’t know? Then let me tell you all about Rav Chiya

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Rav Chiya was a student in the most outstanding yeshivah in Eretz Yisrael. The rosh yeshivah was Rabi Yehudah Hanasi, also known as Rebbi, who put together the Mishnah. The Beis Hamikdash had been gone for only about 150 years and the Romans ruled Eretz Yisrael. One day Rebbi entered the large beis medrash. He took his seat at the front and began his shiur. Then he stopped, wrinkled his nose, and sniffed. There was a horrible smell in the air. One of the talmidim had eaten garlic before the shiur and it smelled awful! “Whoever ate garlic should leave!” Rebbi announced. Rav Chiya got up and left. But the truth was, it wasn’t him. He only left to save the real culprit from embarrassment. The other talmidim realized why he had left. Everyone in the shiur knew the great Rav Chiya would never have been so disrespectful as to come to the beis medrash smelling bad. So, learning fromRavChiya’s actions, they all got up and left as well!

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