Bava Metzia 59 - Not to Offend Anybody with Words

A man must be especially careful not to offend his wife with his words - or any other woman - because she may bring retribution on him with her tears. One must also be very careful about his wife's honor because a person's house is blessed only on account of his wife.

Rabbi Eliezer and the Sages argued about the purity of sectional ovens. Rabbi Eliezer performed multiple miracles, but they were not considered proof. The heavenly voice said he was right - but the Torah is not in Heaven but decided by knowledgeable men. The Sages then rightfully excommunicated him. Still, since he was upset, a third of the world's crops rotted, and Rabban Gamliel died.

Art: Woman Crying, Mujer Llorando by Fernando Botero




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