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Rabbi bar Abuha found Eliyohu standing in a gentile cemetery and asked him, “Are you not a cohen? What are you doing in a cemetery?” Eliyohu countered, “Did you not study Taharot? There we learn, ‘Rabbi Shimon ben Yochai asserts that gentile graves do not defile.'” Responded Rabbi, “I did not know that. I can’t keep up with the four orders of Mishna that are generally applicable today. I certainly can’t study all six.” “Why don’t you devote more time to studying?” “Because of my poverty; I must spend considerable time earning a living.” Eliyohu took Rabbi into Gan Ayden and told him, “Fill your cloak with the leaves laying on the ground.” He did so. As he was leaving he heard a voice, “Who is so foolish as to consume his destiny in Olam haZe as Rabbi bar Abuha is doing?” He instanly dropped the leaves. Nevertheless his cloak so absorbed in aroma that he later sold it as perfume for $30,000. He refused to use the money on himself, however, and divided it among his sons-in-law. (G’morroh–Bova Metzia 114A, B)
From “Mysteries of the Creation” by Rabbi Dovid Brown. We are studying from the following pages: pg. 209–214.
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