The family of Garmu were experts at making the Lechem HaPanim, or Show Bread, which was present in the Temple and would miraculously stay fresh from week to week. This family did not want to teach this skill to others, and the Rabbis applied on them the disgraceful name of “and the name of the wicked should rot” (Prov. 6).

The Rabbinical leadership of the time brought experts from Alexandria in Egypt, who were also able to make the bread, as the family of Garmu. However, the bread the Alexandrines made did not stay fresh. The Rabbis proclaimed, “All that is called by My name, I have done for my Glory,” (Is 43) and they invited back the family of Garmu.

The family of Garmu did not resume work until the Rabbis agreed to double their wages.

The Rabbinical leaders asked them, “Why do you refuse to teach this skill to others?” They responded, “We have a tradition in our family that the Temple is going to be destroyed, and perhaps someone who is unworthy will take the recipe and serve idols, being able to attract others by advertising that they are serving the same bread that was once offered in the Temple in Jerusalem.”

From then on, the family of Garmu was always known as a praise, and “The memory of the righteous is a blessing” (Prov. 6).

Yoma Chapter 3


6 June in History

In 1944, Allied forces led by the United States land on the beaches of Normandy. While no exact figures exist for the number of Jews who took part in “The Longest Day” the graves marked by Stars of David attest to the fact that Jews were not only present but paid the last full measure. According to one source 550,000 Jews served in World War II in the U.S. military. Of those, 11,000 were killed, 40,000 were wounded, and 52,000 were decorated for gallantry. Jews made up some 3.5 percent of the U.S. military during the war.

24 Sivan in History

Rav Yisrael Chaim Friedman of Rachov, author of the Likutei Maharyach, a commentary on the Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim (1922). His work was entirely printed by the author over the course of 11 years. He died in an accident that occurred while he was in the “Palinina” (where the flocks graze) to assure the that the cheese was kosher. There was a sudden cloud burst of heavy rain, which resulted in a sudden flash flood in which Rabbi Yisrael Chaim Friedman drowned.