In the context where the above tradition occurs, which, as is
obvious, relates to the founding of Rome, we meet with another
on the same subject as follows:--When Solomon married the
daughter of Pharaoh, the Angel Gabriel thrust a reed into the
sea, stirring up therewith the sand and mud from the bottom.
This, gradually collecting, first shaped itself into an island
and then expanded so as to unite itself with the continent. And
thus was the land created for the erection of the hut which
should one day swell into the proportion of a proud imperial
If Israel kept only two Sabbaths, according to the strict requirement of
the law, they would be freed at once from their compelled dispersion;
for it is written (Isa. lvi. 4, 7), "Thus saith the Lord unto the
eunuchs that keep my Sabbaths, Even them will I bring to my holy
THE TALMUD, _Shabbath_, fol. 118, col. 2.