Rabbi Akiva Does Not Get the Job

 

They went and appointed Rabbi Eleazar ben Azariah who was 16 years old at the time, and his head became full of gray hair. Rabbi Akiva was sitting and feeling depressed. He said, “It is not that he is a greater Torah scholar than me, rather that he has more distinguished forebears than me. Happy is the man whose ancestors ascribe to him merit such that he has a peg to hang on.” (Y. Berachot 4:1)


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