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The Remarkable Shepherd

Bedouin Shepherd boy Image, left: Bedouin shepherd tending his flocks along the banks of Nachal Lachish, east of Ashdod

The Midrash tells us that when Rabbi Yehoshua ben Chanania (one of Rabbi Akiva's teachers) was visiting Rome, he was summoned by Adrianus Caesar. Caesar said, "I find a sheep that is capable of surviving among 70 wolves quite remarkable!"

"Such a sheep is less remarkable," replied Rabbi Yehoshua, "than the shepherd that's capable of protecting it from the seventy wolves!"

Interpretation: The seventy wolves - the nations of the world, inherently hostile to Israel; the sheep - Israel; the shepherd - Hashem.