Sharing Good Looks


Rabbi Yohanan said, “Only I remain from among the beauties of Jerusalem.” … Rabbi Yohanan used to go and sit by the gates of the mikveh. He said, “When the Jewish women emerge from the mikveh, they will encounter me and that way will have children as beautiful as I and as learned as I.” The rabbis said to him, “Sir, you are not fearful of the evil eye?” He said to them, “I’m from the seed of Joseph over whom the evil eye has no power.” (He follows with wordplay from a Torah verse to demonstrate that the evil eye had no power over Joseph.) (B. Baba Metzia 84.)

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