Behar: Chapter 9

Charity saves from Death


We read a story wherein Rabbi Chiya and Rabbi Yosi encounter two men, one of whom gives all of his food to a poor man on the road. The charitable man is saved by a miracle from a snake, and Rabbi Yosi says that he earned the miracle by way of his merit in going hungry. Rabbi Yosi quotes the verse, "Trust in Hashem, and do good; dwell in the land, and enjoy security," which is the whole message of this section.