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A Spice of Shabbat

Legends Book – Bavli Shabbat, 119:1

Our Rabbi prepared a meal for Antoninus for Shabbat. He brought him a dish of cool food. The latter ate from the meal and enjoyed it. He then prepared a dish for him on a weekday and brought him boiling food. Antoninus remarked:

"The former dish was tastier than this one."

So the Rabbi said:

"One spice is missing in this dish".

Antoninus asked:

"Does the king's warehouse lack anything?"

The Rabbi responded:

"It lacks Shabbat – have you got Shabbat"?

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