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Family Chanuka Palooza – Day Seven

Now that you have learned about Hillel’s great sensitivity towards people, let us look at another exemplary character trait of Hillel.

Today’s challenge is to try and act patiently like Hillel at least one time today. Please email me and let me know how you acted patiently today.
We will publicize the best answers and all good answers will receive a raffle ticket to win a huge playmobile set and other prizes at our closing event on the last night of Chanukah!  Please include your names in the email.

Talmud Yoma 35b

…It is reported about Hillel the Elder that every day he used to work and earn one zuz, half of which he would give to the watchman at the house of study; the other half he used on food for himself and the members of his household. One day he was unable to earn anything, so the watchman at the house of study did not let him in. He then climbed [to the roof] and hung on, sitting over the opening of the skylight, so that he could hear the words of the living God from the mouths of Shemaiah and Avtalion. It is said that it was on a Sabbath eve in the winter solstice, and snow came down on him from heaven. When the dawn rose, Shemaiah said to Avtalion, “Brother Avtalion, every day this house is bright with light, but today it is dark. Is the day cloudy?” When they looked up, they saw the figure of a man in the skylight. They climbed to the roof and found Hillel, covered with three cubits of snow. They removed the snow from him, bathed and anointed him, and, as they seated him in front of an open fire .

יומא ל״ה ב:ז׳-ח׳

בית המדרש וחציו לפרנסתו ולפרנסת אנשי ביתו פעם אחת לא מצא להשתכר ולא הניחו שומר בית המדרש להכנס עלה ונתלה וישב על פי ארובה כדי שישמע דברי אלהים חיים מפי שמעיה ואבטליון אמרו אותו היום ערב שבת היה ותקופת טבת היתה וירד עליו שלג מן השמים כשעלה עמוד השחר אמר לו שמעיה לאבטליון אבטליון אחי בכל יום הבית מאיר והיום אפל שמא יום המעונן הוא הציצו עיניהן וראו דמות אדם בארובה עלו ומצאו עליו רום שלש אמות שלג פרקוהו והרחיצוהו וסיכוהו והושיבוהו כנגד המדורה

From this story in the Talmud we learn about Hillel’s passion for Torah learning. This, together with the Talmudic story depicted in the video, make Hillel one of the most beloved and inspiring heroes in Jewish life.

Video based on Talmud Shabbat p.31a