The first of these refers to the reading of the law in public
worship, the second to a practice after meals when more than two
adult Jews were present, and the third to the dictatorial air
often assumed by the Rabbis.
Three things proceed by pre-eminence from God Himself:--Famine, plenty,
and a wise ruler. Famine (2 Kings viii. 2): "The Lord hath called for a
famine;" plenty (Ezek. xxxvi. 29): "I will call for corn and increase
it;" a wise ruler; for it is written (Exod. xxxi. 2), "I have called by
name Bezaleel." Rabbi Yitzchak says, "A ruler is not to be appointed
unless the community be first consulted. God first consulted Moses, then
Moses consulted the nation concerning the appointment of Bezaleel."
THE TALMUD, _Berachoth_, fol. 55, col. 1.