Vayikra: Chapter 51

"Rachel weeping for her children"


Rabbi Yosi says that whenever a prophet begins his words, whichever name is mentioned at first indicates either Judgment or Mercy. He talks about the Shechinah's sorrow when the Temple was destroyed and Yisrael were sent into exile. He says that Yisrael would never have gone into exile nor would the Temple have been destroyed if all of Yisrael had not been found guilty before God and the leaders of the world first. Once the leaders of the people sinned, all the people followed them. After this discussion, Rabbi Chiya and Rabbi Yosi miraculously find a cave in which they can hide from robbers who were chasing them.