Monday, September 14, 2009

Heavenly Academy

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Rabbi Yirmiyah inquired: If one foot is within fifty amos and the other beyond, how do we rule?

The Gemora notes: It was for this that they ejected Rabbi Yirmiyah out of the Beis Medrash.

Rabbi Chaim Vital writes in Sha’ar Hagilgulim that his Rebbe, the Arizal, told him about Rabbi Yirmiyah, who was constantly asking questions. Since his intention was to increase the studying of Torah and to glorify it, and yet, they embarrassed him and sent him out of the study hall, his reward is of a great magnitude. All inquiries that are posed in the Heavenly Academy are asked by Rabbi Yirmiyah. And he was chosen, said the Arizal, to be the one to stand guard at the entrance of the Heavenly Academy.