Governing

 

They sent a message to Mar Ukba, “To him whose countenance shines like the son of Bitya! Shalom. Ukban the Babylonian complained that his brother Yermiyah has removed from him the way.  Divert him to appear before us in Tiberius.”  (B. Sanhedrin 31:)

 Mar Ukba sent a message to Rabbi Eleazar (ben Pedat, Israel) “People are standing against me and I have the prerogative to hand them over to the government. What is the law?” He scored lines and wrote to him, “I said, ‘I will guard my ways from sinning with my tongue; I will guard my mouth with a muzzle even while an evil one opposes me (Psalms 39:2).’ Even if an evil one opposes me, I will guard my mouth with a muzzle.” Mar Ukba sent a message to him: “They are really tormenting me and I will be unable to withstand them.” Rabbi Eleazar sent him a message, “Wait silently for HaShem and long for him (Psalms 37:7).” The matter went out from Rabbi Eleazar’s mouth and they placed Geniba in chains.” (B. Gittin 7.*)
 Yerushalmi reports that Geniba was executed

 

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