This, it is to be presumed, must be taken in some symbolical
sense, for coins cannot be traced back to a date so early as
this; and when Abraham purchased the cave to bury Sarah in from
the sons of Heth, we read that he weighed to Ephron the silver.
Abraham pleaded with God on the behalf of Israel and said, "While there
is a Temple they will get their sins atoned for, but when there shall be
no Temple, what will become of them?" God, in answer to his prayer,
assured him that He had prepared a prayer for them, by which, as often
as they read it, He would be propitiated and would pardon all their
THE TALMUD, _Meggillah_, fol. 31, col. 2.