One Sabbath the Rabbi visited another congregation's synagogue and was teaching them.  A man was there whose right hand was withered.  Some who disagreed with him watched him closely and questioned him asking, "Is it lawful to health on the Sabbath?" because they wanted to find cause to accuse him.  [At that time the matter had not been settled by the Sanhedrin.]

But he knew what they were thinking, and he said to the man with the withered hand, "Get up and come forward!" And he got up and came forward.

The Rabbi said to his opponents, "What man is there among you who has a sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep!" And he said to them, "I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to destroy it?"  But they kept silent.

He looked around at them with anger, grieved at the hardness of their hearts.  Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand!" He stretched it out, and it was restored to normal, like the other.


-- This is the life of The Rabbi. --