The Classic Midrash: Tannaitic Commentaries on the Bible
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Enough out of you , said Akiba to him . How then do you interpret that verse ,
asked Papias . And Akiba replied , It means that just as I rejoiced ( śśty ) at the
destruction of the Egyptians so I virtually rejoiced at My decision to destroy Israel .
R. Akiba said to him , “ Pappias , enough ! ” He said to him , “ So how do you
explain MAN HAS BECOME LIKE ONE OF US ? " He said to him , “ Not like one
of the ministering angels . Rather : God placed before him two paths , the path of
Azariah , and R. Akiba came to visit him . R. Tarphon said to him , “ My Master ,
you are more precious to Israel than the orb of the sun , for the orb of the sun
enlightens this world and you enlighten this world and the world - to - come .
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Notes to Introduction
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