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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-10-04

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Friday, October 4, 1985 29

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ders of the study circle. Here
new identities would be forged:
scholar, riddler, joker and simp-
leton, the one who cued the
teacher and the one who echoed
him, those who led us off on
tangents and those who brought
us back to the text, those who
could quote Scripture and those
who could preempt the Talmud's
questions. These were the iden-
tities that counted in this room.
I settled down next to Ian at
the corner of the table and
opened my book to the proper
page. A moment later the rav

"I would not enter
completely into the
Talmud and
Jewish tradition
before me, but at
least now I could
stand at the gate."

walked in; and following
Shlomo's lead, we all stood. He
was a tall man, dressed in rab-
binic black. But there was a
regal quality to his appearance.
The hat he wore was a hom-
burg, and his long waistcoat was
impeccably pressed. His white
shirt with its starched collar
looked spotless. And unlike
Hasidim, who, although they
wore black hats and coats, never
wore a tie, Rabbi Rotenbush had
one on. But when he sat down,
he seemed to doff the trappings
of his rabbinic royalty and visi-
bly relaxed. At first 'his hat
cameoff, replaced by a big vel-
vet/ftullcap. Next. he unbut-
toned his coat and loosened his
tie. He smiled and looked
around at each of us, stopping at
my stranger's face a bit longer
than the others.
"A guest?" he asked.
"He wants to see how we tern
here in Jerusalem." Ian ex-
plained before I could open my
mouth.
"From abroad?"
"From America," I replied.
"You have come to live here?"
I supposed by "here" he meant
Jerusalem. But in a way I knew
he meant as well to ask me if I
had come to dwell within the
fellowship of th chavrufe [stu-
dents of Jewish texts] or was I
simply there to observe it once
and leave. It Was not a question
I was ready to answer. But I be-

lieved that if I ruled out the
possibility completely, I could
never be fully embraced by
those in the circle.
"Not yet," I replied.
The rav looked away from me
and seemed to address the
others, but the message was di-
rected straight at my heart.
"You know, gentlemen, in
Avot, Rabbi Yose ben Kisma
tells a story."
Although I had not thought of
it for years, I knew this Tal-
mudic story well, for I had
heard my father review it, many
times in my life. During the
long summer Sabbath after-
noons, as we sat around the
dining-room table waiting for
nightfall and the new week, the
chapters of this book were often
read aloud in my parents' house;
and this one had been a favo-
rite. But I said nothing, while
the rav continued.
"He was once traveling on the
road when a man met him and
greeted him with these words
..." The rav turned for a mo-
ment to Shlomo: "Hand me a
siddur for a minute." Opening
the prayer book in which the
story was reprinted, he turned
quickly to the page and read
aloud.
"Gentlemen,, the man greeted
Rabbi Yose with these words:
'Rabbi, from what place are
you?' And Rabbi Yose answered
him: 'I come from a great city of
sages and scholars.' And the
man replied: 'Rabbi, are you
willing to live with us in our
place? I will give you a million
golden dinars, and precious
stones and pearls.' And do you
know, gentlemen, what Rabbi
Yose answered him?"
That was my cue, and as if I
were sitting at my parents' table
once again, I recited the reply:
"Yes — he said: 'Were you to
give me all the silver and gold
and precious stones and pearls
in the world, I would not live
anywhere except in a place of
Torah.'"
"Precisely." The rav smiled,
and he and all the , others in the
room looked at me.
"You know, gentlemen" = the
rav turned once again to the
others, but he kept looking batik'
at me — "all day I teach many
classes — that's part of my job
in the Ministry." Like all other
professional rabbis in Israel, he
was nominally an employee of
the Ministry of Religion, as-
signed a parish and exercising
rabbinic responsibilities within
it. "But when I come here on
Tuesday nights, to Reb Shlomo's
bes medresh, and I see all of you
here so eager to study our holy
Torah, so ready to carry out this
dearest commandment, I stop
being an official and I become
one of you, seeking to carry out
God's sacred will, studying His
holy Torah. Here I can feel at
home, because here I am not an
outsider helping you fulfill the
commandment to study. Here I
am one of you; fulfilling that
commandment along with you."
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