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Elisha said to Gehazi, “What can we do for this woman (to repay her for the kindness she has shown us)?”  Gehazi said, “She has no children, and her husband is old.”  Elisha said, “Call the woman.”  She came, and stood by the door.

Elisha said, “This time next year you will be hugging a child.”

She responded, “Do not lie to your maidservant.”

Kings II 4:12-15

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Reflections:

1.  Was her response rude, or simply a profound statement of disbelief?

2.  How is her response similar to Avraham’s of “Would it be that Ishmael would live before you?”

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14 Cheshvan in History

Today marks the passing of Rav Avraham Elimelech Perlow of Stolin-Karlin (1891-1942). Born to Rav Yisrael “the Yenuka” of Stolin, Reb Avraham Elimelech married in 1912. He succeeded his father as Rebbe in 1922; most of his father’s Chasidim followed him as he settled in Karlin, while his brother, Rav Dovid of Zlatipol led a flock to Stolin. In 1929, Rav Avraham Elimelech founded a yeshiva in Luninetz.

He, his wife, and his two sons were murdered by local Ukranian peasants. His actual day of death is not known. This day has been chosen as his Yom Hazikaronm or day of remembrance. A collection of his chidushei Torah, new ideas on Torah,  have been recorded as “Kuntres Pri Elimelech” and printed in Yalkut Divrei Aharon and in Birchas Aharon.

22 October in History

In 1903, birthdate of Curly Howard. Born Jerome Lester Horwitz, Howard was one of the Three Stooges, along with his brother Moe Howard and Larry Fine.

15 Cheshvan in History

n the 2nd century before the common era, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks) who, with the collaboration of the Jewish Hellenists, introduced pagan idols into the Holy Temple and set about to forcefully Hellenize the people of Israel. Mattityahu, the son of the High Priest Yochanan, was already an old man when he picked up a sword and raised the flag of revolt in the village of Modiin in the Judean hills. Many rallied under his cry, “Who that is for G-d, come with me!” and resisted and battled the Greeks from their mountain hideouts.

After heading the revolt for one year, Mattityahu died on the 15th of Cheshvan of the year 3622 from creation (139 BCE). His five sons — the “Macabees” Judah, Yochanan, Shimon, Elazar and Yonatan — carried on the battle to their eventual victory, celebrated each year since by Jews the world over with the festival of Chanukah.

23 October in History

In 1927, in Israel, a moshav that would be late known as Netanya is founded by Nathan Strauss.

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