3 There were four men, lepers, outside the gate. They said to one another, “Why should we sit here waiting for death?
v’-ar-ba-AH a-na-SHEEM ha-YU m’-tzo-ra-EEM PE-takh ha-SHA-ar va-yo-m’-RU EESH el ray-AY-hu MAH a-NAKH-nu yo-sh’-VEEM POH ad MAT-nu
ג וְאַרְבָּעָה אֲנָשִׁים הָיוּ מְצֹרָעִים פֶּתַח הַשָּׁעַר וַיֹּאמְרוּ אִישׁ אֶל־רֵעֵהוּ מָה אֲנַחְנוּ יֹשְׁבִים פֹּה עַד־מָתְנוּ׃
7:3 There were four men, lepers, outside the gate.
One of the most righteous and pious Jerusalemites of the 20th century, Rabbi Aryeh Levin (1885-1969), was beloved for his visits to the sick. Rabbi Levin would go to the hospitals of Jerusalem every Friday and speak with the nurses to find out which patients received no visitors. At the beds of these forgotten souls whom no relatives came to see, he would sit for hours, caressing each one’s hand and offering words of encouragement and cheer. He was also a frequent visitor at hospitals for lepers, including a hospital in Bethlehem where most of the patients were Arabs. Rabbi Levin began this practice after he had found a woman weeping bitterly by the Western Wall. He asked her, “what makes you cry so intensely?” She explained that her child had no cure, and was locked up in the leper hospital. Rabbi Levin immediately decided to visit the young child, and when he arrived, all the patients burst into tears. It had been years since they had the privilege of seeing a visitor from the outside world.