Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Photographic Memories

I think I have a half decent memory (for things that I want to remember), but people like this are in a league of their own.

As heard from R. Yisroel Reisman who heard it from a friend of his who witnessed it.

Rav Ben Zion Abba Shaul and Rav Ovadyah Yosef visited Antwerp together on a fund raising mission. After speaking at a public gathering they were being escorted by Rav Chaim Kreithwirth . Rav Kreiswirth asked Rav Ben Zion Abba Shaul about the source of his [sur?]name, Abba Shaul. He responded that it was after the Ammora by that same name. Rav Ovadyah Yosef proceeded to cite the first statement in the Talmud made by Abba Shaul (the Ammora). Rav Kreithwirth responded with the next statement and Rav Ovadyah countered with the next. This went on until they completed Maseches Brachos and most of the way through Maseches Shabbos, until they reached Shabbos 119. Rav Ovadyah cited a statement of Abba Shaul from that page to which Rav Kreiswirth responded, "See the Rashash there who claims that that statement was not really made by Abba Shaul but by another Ammora".

Any Bar Ilan owners out there, can you check how many times Abba Shaul does appear before Shabbos 119.