It says in Megillat Kohelet
"Man is not
in control of the wind, to be able to confine the wind, and he
has no authority on the day of death. There is no substitution
in war, nor does evil escape him to whom it belongs"
Once there were
twin sisters who were married and lived in different towns. One
of the sisters caused her husband to be suspicious of her. He
decided to bring her to Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) to take
the "test of the bitter waters." If she were truly guilty,
she would blow up like a balloon and die a horrible death. If
she were innocent, Hashem would reward her and her husband
with peace in their household and beautiful children.
Now, the wife in
question had a problem; she was, in fact, guilty.
On her way to Yerushalayim,
she stopped into her sister's home. How could she drink the "bitter
waters" when she knew she would die?
Her sister had the
She had always been
faithful to her husband and did not fear the bitter waters. Since
they looked exactly alike, they could trick everyone
death! So the sisters switched clothes and the innocent sister
continued on in her guilty sister's place.
As it turned out, the twin went before the Sanhedrin, drank
the bitter waters and was found to be innocent. She immediately
headed back to her hometown to switch identities with her sister.
The two hugged and kissed with joy and relief, certain that they
had cheated death.
Suddenly, the guilty
sister smelled the odor of the bitter waters coming from her sister's
mouth. The scent entered her own mouth and she immediately began
to feel her body swell up. She died a horrible death for her sins.
As the sages explain:
Man cannot control
the wind ( breath) in the air; Nor can he avoid the day of his
death, even if you send one person out to war instead of another;
Finally, evil will always find its way to the one to whom it belongs.
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