Friday, 7 September 2012

brachot 37

when many small crumbs can come together to form something formidable
that can even overpower a prince.

(many individual bits of bread crumbs can be gathered together and considered 'bread', even though individually each crumb is smaller than an olive. & during discussion about the appropriate blessing for different types of grain, R. Akiva chose to follow the Rabbis not Rabban Gamliel, replying to Rabban Gamliel's rebuke, that he was following his ruling that in a dispute between the many and the individual, the law follows the majority opinion. for english translation of this talmud page see here)

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