Friday, June 28, 2013

The Vegetable Man

Happy Birthday to Rick in Portland... May you live to 120 in ever-increasing wisdom.

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As presented two weeks ago, your Table Talk is now in L'Chaim mode.

The suggestion is this:

At some point during the Shabbat meal, pour everyone their favorite beverage for a l'chaim.

But ask them not to drink until after you finish the story. Make this a ritual every Friday night, and your family will look forward to it.

One of the best books I have found full of true stories with Jewish themes is called Stories My Grandfather Told Me. The publisher has granted me permission to excerpt these via email, but not on a web page.

This week's story is called The Vegetable Man.

It begins like this:

The yeshiva of Rabbi Shlomo Luria, known as the Maharshal, was located above a vegetable store.

This store was owned by a man called Reb Avraham, a quiet, modest man who kept to himself. The store was also his home.

One night, the Maharshal heard Reb Avraham learning out loud a very deep passage in the Talmud and explaining it thoroughly.

Apparently, this modest shopkeeper was a great Torah scholar!

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Question for your table - What's more important, wisdom or good deeds?

Shabbat Shalom

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Excerpted and adapted with permission from Stories My Grandfather Told Me, Vol. 4, © 2001 ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications. All rights reserved. Get the book here.

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