NiSh’ma — let us hear — is our simulated Talmud page. Here, we find three people offering three takes on a seemingly simple but surprisingly complicated sentence uttered in the fourth century by Rava, a rabbinic sage. Said Rava: “[Length of] life, children, and sustenance depend not on merit, but luck.” - Babylonian Talmud Tractate Moed Katan 28a

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