The Rabbi was teaching in a synagogue on the Sabbath. And there was a woman who for eighteen years had had a sickness caused by a spirit; and she was bent double, and could not straighten up at all.

When the Rabbi saw her, he called her over and said to her,

"Woman, you are freed from your sickness." And he laid his hands on her; and immediately she was made erect again and began glorifying Hashem [G-d].

The synagogue official was indignant because the Rabbi had healed on the Sabbath. [At this time, the Sanhedrin had not yet ruled that healing on the Sabbath was permitted.]  The official began saying to the crowd in response to their confusion at his outrage, "There are six days in which work should be done; so come during them and get healed, and not on the Sabbath day."

The Rabbi answered him and said, "You hypocrites, does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the stall and lead him away to water him?  And this woman, a daughter of Abraham as she is, whom the satan has bound for eighteen long years, should she not have been released from this bond on the Sabbath day?"

As the Rabbi said this, all his opponents were humbled; and the entire crowd was rejoicing over all the glorious things the Rabbi did.


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