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51 Contrast what happened to Rabbi Akivaas good a candidate for sainthood as any of the early Church Fathers. 2009 10:24:13] page_40 < previous page page_40 next page > Page 40 of nine other rabbis who came to be known as the Ten Harugei Malkhut, assembled from different places and different times. Christians revered "the blessed Polycarp, who, martyred at Smyrna along with twelve others from Philadelphia, is alone remembered," 52 whereas Akiva, who apparently died alone in Caesarea, was remembered in this context as one of ten.
Berakhot 61b) The grounds for human suffering had changed if someone as blameless as Rabbi Akiva could be subjected to death by torture. 2009 10:24:00] page_29 < previous page page_29 next page > Page 29 as did Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai, who stole out of beleaguered Jerusalem in order to establish the academy of Yavneh with Roman support. The traditions surrounding Rabbi Akiva drew upon these three, giving as the reason for his arrest either his support for Bar Kokhba's rebellion or his defiance of Roman orders by calling assemblies to study the Torah.
This was a celebration not of the natural but of the historicalmore precisely, of the historical intervention of God in nature. The pathos of this prayer consists in the Jews' daring to imagine that God would act and the course of the world be reversed for them as it was for Moses, Joshua, Samuel, et al. 2009 10:23:57] page_26 < previous page page_26 next page > Page 26 the past to the extent that it could be used to galvanize the present and vice versa. They had little patience, as we shall see, for fast days that merely commemorated historical disasters, preferring instead to regulate petitionary fasts and to record the preemptive fasts observed during Temple times.