Rav Nachman and Rav Yitshak were sharing meal. Rav Nachaman said to Rav Yitshak, “Sir, please say a word!” He said, “Thus says Rabbi Yohanan, ‘No conversation at meal, lest the food go down the wrong way and one comes into danger of choking.” [Following the meal, Rabbi Yitshak offers two brief D’vrei Torah and then as they are finishing up] Rav Nachman says to Rav Yisthak, “Sir, bless me!” Rav Yitshak replied: I will make for you a parable. To what may the matter be compared? To a person who walks in the desert and is hungry, tired, and thirsty. He finds a tree whose fruit is sweet and whose shade is pleasant, and a stream of water passes under it. He eats the fruit, drinks the water, and sits in the shade. When he desires to leave, he says, “Tree, tree, with what might I bless you? If I say, ‘Let your fruit be sweet,’ behold – your fruit is sweet already. If I say, ‘Let your shade be pleasant,’ behold - your shade is pleasant already. If I say, ‘Let a stream of water pass under you,’ behold – a stream of water passes under you already. Rather, ‘May it be God’s will that all your seedlings be like you.’ You also, with what might I bless you? If ‘with Torah,’ – you have Torah. If ‘with wealth,’- you have wealth. If “with children,’ – you have children. Rather, ‘May it be God’s will that all of your offspring be like you.” B Ta’anit 5:-6.

 

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