The Classic Midrash: Tannaitic Commentaries on the Bible
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R. Tarphon and the elders were once sitting in the shade of a dovecote in Jabneh
and this question was under discussion : THEIR CAMELS BEARING GUM ,
BALM , AND LADANUM TO BE TAKEN TO EGYPT ( Gen. 37:25 ) . “ This tells us ...
Why are you being taken out to be executed ? ” “ Because I circumcised my son .
" " Why are you being taken out to be burned ? ” “ Because I read the Torah . " "
Why are you being taken out to be crucified ? ” “ Because I ate the matzah .
It must therefore be known to He Who Spoke and the world came into being that
for our generation there will only be terrible suffering , and therefore have these
two been taken away from our midst , thus fulfilling what is said THE RIGHTEOUS
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Notes to Introduction
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