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The meaning of the crowns

Author: Paulo Coelho

When Moses rose to the heavens to write a certain part of the Bible, the Almighty asked him to draw small crowns on top of some of the letters of the Torah.
Moses asked, “Creator of the Universe, why put these crowns here?”

“Because in a hundred generations, a man called Akiva will interpret the true meaning of these drawings.”

“Show me the interpretation of this man,” said Moses.

The Lord took Moses to the future and placed him in a classroom where Rabbi Akiva was teaching.
A student was asking the Rabbi, “Rabbi, why do some of these letters have these crowns drawn on them?”

“I don’t know,” Akiva answered, “I believe that even Moses didn’t know. But as he was the greatest prophet of all, he did that in order to teach us that even when we don’t comprehend everything the Lord does, we still have to do what He asks us to.”

And so Moses turned and apologised to the Lord.

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