Rav Sheshet was blind. Rav Sheshet once went with the crowds to greet the king. A certain heretic said to him, “Whole pitchers go to the river, where do broken pitchers go?” Rav Sheshet said to him, “Come, see that I know more than you.” The first column of troops approached and the crowd cheered. “The king approaches,” said the heretic. “He has not arrived,” said Rav Sheshet. The second column of troops approached and the crowd cheered. “The king approaches,” said the heretic. “He has not arrived,” said Rav Sheshet. The third column approached and the crowd went silent. Rav Sheshet said, “Now, for sure, the king is arriving.” The heretic asked him, “How did you know?” Rav Sheshet answered, “The earthly king is like the heavenly king. It is written, ‘Go forth and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And behold, the Lord passed by and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice” (Kings I, 19).   Berachot 58.

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