Mar Ukba and Shmuel

 

When Shmuel and Mar Ukba would sit and review, Mar Ukba would sit before Shmuel at a distance of four amot. When they sat in judgment, Shmuel would sit before Mar Ukba at a distance of four amot, and a special platform was constructed for Mar Ukba so that his words might be heard. Each day, Mar Ukba would escort Shmuel to his hotel. One day, he was deep in thought over a case and Shmuel walked behind him. When they reached Mar Ukba’s house, Shmuel said, “Is it not clear to you? Sir, allow me to take off!” Mar Ukba immediately realized Shmuel had taken the matter to heart; he had himself shunned for one day. (B. Moed Kattan 16:)

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