In the merit of righteous women

Rebbe Nachman is usually credited with his teaching 282, sometimes called Azamra.

In Likkutei Moharan I:282, Rebbe Nachman explains that through judging someone favorably one can bring that person over entirely to the side of good, until you will look for him in his former [evil] place and you won't find him. (והתבוננתה על מקומו ואיננו)

Today I saw in Masechet Berachot 10a that the originator of this idea is not Rebbe Nachman, but rather Rabbi Hanina ben Teradyon's daughter, Rebbe Meir's wife, Bruriah, and she was just explaining pshat (the plain meaning) in Tehillim:
הנהו בריוני דהוו בשבבותיה דר"מ והוו קא מצערו ליה טובא הוה קא בעי ר' מאיר רחמי עלויהו כי היכי דלימותו אמרה לי' ברוריא דביתהו מאי דעתך משום דכתיב (תהילים קד) יתמו חטאים מי כתיב חוטאים חטאים כתיב ועוד שפיל לסיפיה דקרא ורשעים עוד אינם כיון דיתמו חטאים ורשעים עוד אינם אלא בעי רחמי עלויהו דלהדרו בתשובה ורשעים עוד אינם בעא רחמי עלויהו והדרו בתשובה:  אמר לה ההוא <צדוקי> {מינא} לברוריא כתיב (ישעיהו נד) רני עקרה לא ילדה משום דלא ילדה רני אמרה ליה שטיא שפיל לסיפיה דקרא דכתיב כי רבים בני שוממה מבני בעולה אמר ה' אלא מאי עקרה לא ילדה רני כנסת ישראל שדומה לאשה עקרה שלא ילדה בנים לגיהנם כותייכו
(From Snunit Kodesh archive: Talmud Bavli Masechet Berachot 10a)

Here is an english translation I found on e-daf from http://halakhah.com/:
There were once some highwaymen3 in the neighbourhood of R. Meir who caused him a great deal of trouble. R. Meir accordingly prayed that they should die. His wife Beruria4 said to him: How do you make out [that such a prayer should be permitted]? Because it is written Let hatta'im cease? Is it written hot'im?5 It is written hatta'im!6 Further, look at the end of the verse: and let the wicked men be no more. Since the sins will cease, there will be no more wicked men! Rather pray for them that they should repent, and there will be no more wicked. He did pray for them, and they repented.

    A certain Min7 said to Beruria: it is written: Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear.8 Because she did not bear is she to sing? She replied to him: You fool! Look at the end of the verse, where it is written, For the children of the desolate shall be more than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord.9 But what then is the meaning of ‘a barren that did not bear’? Sing, O community of Israel, who resemblest a barren woman, for not having born children like you for Gehenna.


Related posts

Blog Widget by LinkWithin