Parshas Tazria-Metzora.REBBE AKIVA AND HIS STUDENTS

“Rebbe Akiva had twelve thousand pairs of students…they all died at one time, between Pesach and Atzeres, because they did not behave with Kavod towards one another, and the world was desolate until Rebbe Akiva came to our teachers in the South and taught them; R. Meir, R. Yehuda, R. Yossi, R. Shimon, and R. Elazar ben Shamoa. It was they who established the Torah at that time…….. they [the twenty four thousand students] all died a terrible death …. Askarah [choking].” (Yevamos 62b)    http://www.torah.org/advanced/jerusalemviews/5762/tazria.html

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