About 2000 years ago, a severe indictment
was filed at the Court of Heaven against
At that time,
The defense side argued that the great
So the sentence was already in writing,
but some impediment caused a difficulty in signing it and giving it
validity. It lay there unsigned, and because of this lack of signature,
the action to destroy
In those days a carpenter lived in
It so happened that the carpenter needed money and did not have the required sum. The apprentice told him that he would willingly lend him the missing amount, as he had inherited a lot from his parents. He suggested to the carpenter to send his wife to him at his house and he would give her the money. The carpenter sent the woman to the apprentice, who held her in his house for three days.
The carpenter went to the apprentice's house and asked, "Where is my wife?" The apprentice told him that he had given her the money and had sent her home right away. Then he added: "But I heard that she met a group of youngsters on the way and they abused her"
The carpenter said to him that he now did not know what to do, and the apprentice advised him to divorce the woman. The carpenter told him that when he had married his wife, he committed himself in the Ketubah to pay her a great sum in case of divorce, and now he did not have such money. The apprentice reassured him that he could lend the necessary amount.
The carpenter borrowed the large sum from the apprentice and signed a bill in which he undertook to repay the loan after a period of time agreed between them.
The carpenter divorced his wife, and soon enough the apprentice went and married her.
When it was time to return the loan, the carpenter had no money to pay it. The apprentice again offered to help him: "Come and be a servant in my house for a certain period of time and thus you will pay the debt". The carpenter saw no better choice and began working at the apprentice's home.
The apprentice and his wife would sit at the table, eating and drinking, and the servant served them the food and the drinks. As he carried the tray with the drinks on the way to the table, tears rose in his eyes, and those tears fell into the drinks he served.
At that very moment, as the carpenter's
tears reached their glasses, at that very moment, in heaven, the written
verdict that obliged the destruction of Jerusalem, the one which until then
had been delayed in the Heavenly Court, got signed and sealed.