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Stories of our Sages: Rabi Chanina, the Stone, and the Angels

Rochel Gross

Rabi Chanina ben Dosa was very wealthy in Torah, wisdom, and good deeds, but he had very little material wealth. He lived in a small house with his family and made do with the bare minimum.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Rabi Chanina was such a holy Tanna that every day a bas kol from Shamayim announced, “The entire world is nourished in the merit of Chanina My son.” HaKadosh Baruch Hu made sure that every living creature had enough food to eat, all in Rabi Chanina’s zchus! Yet Rabi Chanina himself lived in poverty, as the bas kol went on to say: “But Chanina, My son, suffices with a small measure of carobs.”

Had Rabi Chanina wanted to benefit from some of the bounty Hashem sent to the world, he could have easily asked for it, and his wish would immediately have been granted, but it was Rabi Chanina’s sincere desire to live simply.

 

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