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Better a Thing’s End than Its Beginning

The Nut Garden

IMG_0545.JPG“There is no evil that does not contain some good… there is nothing evil in its proper place” (Rabbi Joseph Gikatilla, Secret of the Serpent).

“[Ben Azzai] used to say: Do not scorn any person and do not disdain anything; for there is no person who does not have his hour, and there is no thing that does not have its place” (M Avot 4:3).

“Rabbi Shim’on was walking on the way, accompanied by Rabbi El’azar, Rabbi Abba, Rabbi Yehudah, Rabbi Ḥiyya, and Rabbi Yose. They came to a certain obstructive watercourse [which people make in their fields (Sullam)], and Rabbi Yose slipped into the water fully clothed. He said, ‘This construction of measured water—I wish that it didn’t exist!’ Rabbi Shim’on said to him, ‘You are forbidden! This serves the world, and one must not treat contemptusly those who are of service to the blessed Holy One…

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