High-raking police officer investigated following complaint filed by female subordinate; nature and severity of alleged offences are still unknown.03:34 26.11.15 | 0 comments
Heavenly Torah by Abraham Joshua Heschel; "A story is told in the Talmud concerning Rabbi Akiva's incarceration by the Romans. Rabbi Joshua ha-Garsi would come to the prison to minister to his needs. It was his custom to bring him ameasure of water for washing and drinking. One day, the prison guard said to him, "You have brought much water today. Are you trying to undermine the prison walls?" He spilled out half and gave him the remainder.When Rabbi Joshua recounted to Rabbi Akiva what had happened, he said sadly that now there was not enough water for drinking, let alone for ritual requirement. But Rabbi Akiva could not be swayed. "I have no choice . To forgo ritual washing is a capital offense. Better I be responsible for my own death than transgress an injuction of my clooeagues." He tasted no food until Rabbi Joshua brought him water for ritual washing. The point "Rabbi Akiva, declared that there is capital liability as well for those who transgress rabbinic injunctions".