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"Not them and not their reward"
22’’X30’’
Plate size 17’’X24’’
Monotype and chin-collé
2009


Talmud Bavli, tractate Bracot 5b

Rabbi Chiya bar abba was ill so Rabbi Yochanan went to visit him, he asked him:
"are these afflictions dear to you?"
Rabbi Chiya answered him: not them and not their reward!
Rabbi Yochanan said to him: "Give me your hand."
Rabbi Chiya gave him his hand and Rabbi Yochanan revived him.

Similarly,

Rabbi Yochanan was ill so Rabbi Chanina went to visit him, and asked him:
"are these afflictions dear to you?"
Rabbi Yochanan answered him: not them and not their reward!
Rabbi Chanina said to him: "Give me your hand."
Rabbi Yochanan gave him his hand and Rabbi Chanina revived him.

So the Talmud asks, why did Rabbi Yochanan need Rabbi Chanina's help? Let Rabbi Yochanan revive himself!

The Talmud answers: A captive cannot release himself from prison. He needs help from someone from the outside.

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