Sweet wife

“ What shall I do, sweet wife ? ” he asks.

” Pray to God,” she replies. “ You pray so usually on behalf ot others and your prayers are heard. Now for as soon as consider your self and me.”

“ I don’t fairly comply with,” noticed Chanina.

“ I imply,” she replies, “ that it is best to ask

the great God to allow you to get pleasure from on this world one thing of that which is laid up for the righteous and pious on the planet to return. Certainly God will take pity on us. and listen to your petition and reply you.”

Chanina cherished his spouse very dearly, it pained him to see her face pinched by starvation. He subsequently resolved to do as she had requested him. He arose and turned his face to the wall of his room and prayed with real devotion.

No sooner had he concluded his prayer than he heard a wierd noise outdoors his window. He went to see what was the matter, and behold ! there was a hand coining from the heavens, bringing to him a golden leg of a golden desk. He stretched forth his hand and took it. He known as his wiie to see what God had despatched to them in reply to his prayer.

This can be a nice miracle ! ” she cried. “ You may promote this heavy piece of gold, and with the cash you’ll have sufficient to buy all we want so long as we dwell. What extra do we would like ? ”

Sure,” mentioned Chanina. “ that’s the query.”

“ What do you imply ? ” she requested.

“ I imply.” he replied, “ what can be our fortune within the hereafter ? ”

“ Good husband,” she responded. “ God will

not sutler those that love Him and hold His Holy Regulation to need on the planet to return. Allow us to be blissful now, and depart the long run world to deal with itself.”

“ So be it,” he added.

That night time the spouse of Chanina

That night time the spouse of Chanina had a wierd dream. It appeared to her that she was carried far-off even into Heaven. The imaginative and prescient of Paradise on the planet to return was then revealed to her gaze. She noticed not solely the great Israelites, but in addition all of the pious and all of the righteous of all nations and religions, sitring in bliss and contentment, each at somewhat golden desk. Every desk had tnree legs. She continued to look Floor, and lo ! within the centre of Paradise sat her beloved husband, Chanina. He sat at a desk which swayed from side to side, for she observed that it solely had two legs.

Palace gates

The palace gates and doors

The palace gates and doorways had been thrown huge open and the sensible servants had been introduced earlier than the king. He acquired them with heat and hearty greetings. “ Proper welcome are ye,” he cries ; “ come and sit at my desk, for ye are the primary to reach. Nay, I do know that ye have been ready for a lot of hours to be admitted. 1 am delighted to see you, and I discover how splendidly you’ve got ready yourselves for the feast.”

After that they had taken their locations on the king’s desk the wine and meat had been positioned earlier than them, they usually started to partake thereof.

After some time the opposite company had been ushered iuto the king’s presence. They had been unwashed, their hair uncombed, their clothes dirty and soiled. What do I see ? ” cried the king in a livid mood. “ Are ye not totally ashamed of yourselves to return on this sensible earlier than your king, your grasp ? Is that this the way you put together yourselves for a royal banquet ? You certainly can not count on me to take a seat down with you if you end up in such a situation. All I can do is to allow you to look on whereas my good servants at my desk benefit from the banquet, and when now we have left the desk you’ll be able to devour the remnants. I rejoice that a few of my servants are considerate and have ready themselves in time for my summons. As for you, who’re so silly and careless, I’m vexed together with your indijference, however as you’re the ones who will endure—ror you’ll be able to solely stay up for the chilly remnants—I trill pardon you this time, and pray bear in mind to be all the time ready for the decision of your king. Who is aware of when it might come ? ”

A Dream of Paradise

He went to see what was the matter,

Within the first century of the frequent period there lived a well-known Rabbi in Palestine named the good RabbaD Joehanan ben Zakkai. lake so lots of the Rabbis, Chanina lived in abject poverty. It was mentioned of him: “ The entire world is susta’ned by the piety and benefit of Chanina,” but he had barely ample for the wants of his every day life. He was married, and his good spouse did her greatest to cover their poverty. After all, neither the Rabbi nor his spouse would beg. They might not even settle for guts from their buddies.

In the future the wite requested Chanina in a delicate and loving voice : “ Inform me, pricey Chanina. how lengthy lets proceed to endure this humiliating poverty ? ”

King command

The king commanded silence and he arose to speak

“ Good servants, you’re my friends and I’m completely satisfied to see you right here. A few of you, I remorse to study, aren’t very completely satisfied to be right here. They complain concerning the seating preparations. In reply 1 really feel it essential to reprimand these of you who’ve introduced unseemly issues in my lovely palace. Blocks of wooden, bins, stones, and such like are misplaced within the saloon of a king. I didn’t carry them right here, but I’m blamed for the need of consolation a few of you are actually experiencing. The fault is totally your personal. As a substitute of blaming me it’s best to blame yourselves. Have you ever not heard of the previous proverb : ‘ Within the place the place the tree falleth, there it shall be ’ ? (Eccles. xi. three). ‘ As a person maketh his chair, so should he sit thereon.’ ” The friends then held their peace, lor every one realised that his consolation or discomlort was totally on account of his personal conduct. The banquet got here to an finish and the king dismissed his friends.

After an interval the king once more despatched the next message to all his servants : “ I intend at some future date to offer a banquet. I shall be most completely satisfied to have you ever all as my friends. I anticipate you to arrange yourselves in a turning into method; each one ought to bathe and anoint himseli, costume in his finest gaiments and be prepared to satisfy me in my palace.” The date was not mounted when the banquet was to happen. The smart servants of the king instantly went dwelling and ready themselves for the royal banquet. They even went to the courtyard of the palace in order to not be late on the feast. They mentioned to 1 one other: “ Is it doubtless that, our royal grasp will lack something requisite for the banquet ? He owns flocks and vineyards, and he absolutely is able to feast with us at any second.”

Among the servants had been thought-less

Among the servants, nonetheless, had been thought-less, and went about their day by day work. It appeared however pure to them that, if the Iring had not mounted the date of his banquet, it was owing to the truth that he was not ready, and wouldn’t most likely be so for a while to return. Nice was their shock at even to listen to the king’s summons to return there after which to the banquet. “ What was to be carried out ? ” they requested the royal messenger. He replied: “ Come without delay, whilst you now are.”


She awoke in a terrible fright and called to her husband

“ What’s flawed, candy spouse ? ” cried he.

I’ve had,” she replied- “ a really horrible dream.”

When he had heard it, he requested her : “ Is it agreeable to you to suppose that everyone in Paradise ought to be comfy with their golden tables set earlier than them, and that we alone ought to have the misfortune of getting a rickety desk,

which can not stand firmly as a result of it solely has two legs ? ”

“ No, no ! ” she cries.

“ What we could do, then ? ” he asks.

‘‘ Pray at onc.e, dearest husband,” she replies ; ” beseech God to take again the golden leg of our desk in Paradise. Much better will it’s for us to need on this world in order that we could benefit from the bliss of the longer term world in peace and contentment.”

Rabbi Chanins once more arose and turned his face to the wall. He prayed as his spouse had bidden him. Then he stood on the window, the place he noticed a hand from Heaven earlier than him. He fetched the golden leg, and it was taken away by the hand past.

(‘hanina and his spouse re juiced greater than ever after they now not possessed the golden leg. They instructed the miracle to their mates, who ex-claimed : “ This second marvel is certainly extra marvellous than the primary marvel; it’s the rule of Windfall to bestow items, however to not take them again.”

A Simply King

Jew two males carrying one thing on their shoulders

In the course of the Center Ages there have been very many Jews in Spain. The kings typically employed them as Ministers of State, physicians and bankers. This triggered jealousy and ill-feeling amongst sure lessons of the Gentile inhabitants. The ill-feeling and jealousy sometimes gave rise to false accu-sations towards the Jews. It as soon as occurred hearsay was unfold by two non-Jews to the impact that that they had handed by means of the Ghetto, the place the Jews lived, they usually noticed a Gentile mendacity useless within the doorway ot a home of a Jew, Leon by identify. The hearsay was adopted up by a looking out investigation by the police, who really louud the corpse in Leon’s doorway.

The incident was reported directly to the king, who summoned to his presence the witnesses. He cross-examined them, they usually acknowledged : “ Final night time we noticed the wealthy Gentile, whose physique has been discovered by the police, walling in direction of the Ghetto. He most likely needed to settle some enterprise with the rich Jew banker, Leon. We adopted, and we have been startled to listen to horrible screams. After a second all was nonetheless. We hurried alongside to see what had occurred, and we have been shocked to search out the corpse in Leon’s doorway.”

Precious gift

Receiving a more precious gift

You might be worthy of receiving a extra treasured present, tor you may have appreciated what I’ve given you.” Then it was the flip ot the silly servants to come back earlier than the king. ” What is that this,” cried he in an offended tone, “ that I see ? How dare you enter my palace in dirty clothes ? You insult me by showing earlier than me in your stained and filthy coats. Get ye therefore directly and betake yourselves to our royal wash-house, and take care to cleanse the coats I gave you. When you may have completely washed them you’ll have to see to it that they’re dried and ironed, after which it’s essential to come once more and produce them to me. I do know not now whether or not I shall have the ability to settle for them. I definitely shall not be inclined to change them for higher coats, since you may have despised my items. I really feel very harm that you shouldn’t have had the great sense to treasure what I, your king, gave you. In truth, I should ship you to jail as a punishment, fur it’s treason to carry kingiy items in mild esteem. Watch out in future and don’t offend once more.” With these phrases the king dismissed his silly servants, who left his presence with downcast heads, ashamed of their dirty clothes and of their ingratitude.

The king despatched one other message

Alter a protracted whereas the king despatched one other message to all his servants, saying that on the subsequent new moon day he would give a banquet and he desired all of them to be his visitors; there was a situation, nonetheless, that every one ought to deliver his personal chair or stool, or anything as an alternative, On the day appointed the king’s servants got here to the, palace, and each introduced one thing to take a seat on, both a stool or a chair, or a few cushions, or a block of wooden or a field. A number of even introduced various massive stones. The king regarded on with a smile on his face and instructed the corporate to be seated on no matter they’d introduced. The banquet was exceedingly nicely served, and its period appeared unduly extended to a few of the visitors. All those that had introduced snug chairs and stools appeared very happy, however the servants who had been foolish sufficient to deliver stones and blocks of wooden started to grouse as a result of they had been most uncomfortable. “ Is it fairly good for a king to have visitors and to not present correct seats ? ” they requested each other. “ Is it the, right factor for a king to permit his visitors to take a seat on such seats as a few of us are actually utilizing ? ” they inquired of the king’s chamberlain. He conveyed their query to his royal grasp.

Edge harbour

The edge of the harbour

The mosque stands close to the sting of the harbour, and its courtroom stretches down nearly to the water. It’s overshadowed by two of essentially the most majestic maple-trees within the metropolis, whose gnarled and knotted trunks and wonderfully twisted branches bespeak them of a date coeval with that of the gleaming temple which they so drastically embellish. Beneath their lengthy cool shadows congregate teams of idlers, attracted thither by the calm stillness and refreshing breezes; and there they loiter for hours, erecting within the courtroom their awnings of striped cotton, and spreading their mats for the mid-day siesta; whereas the melon and sherbet-venders ply their aromatic commerce, and the perfumed vapour of the Salonica tobacco exhales from many a chibouque.

Balkans are an intriguing place and all the time a vacation there means time spent nice there. I’m from Bulgaria and I’ve been to a number of the Balkan nations nevertheless it has all the time been private Balkan holidays. I like travelling with my household or pals solely.

The courtroom of Ycni Djami usually presents the attribute scene which I’ve right here described; and of the mosque itself, the Turks have a well-liked custom, that it was constructed from the produce of one of many Sultana-mother’s diamond- studded slippers, piously disposed of for the aim of its erection ; a legend which doubtlessly owes its origin to the possible truth of the bills having been defrayed from the bishmalik (or slipper-money) of the imperial woman— t nationwide grant to the feminine members of the reigning household, bearing some analogy to the “ privy purse” in England.


“ Richly furnished with plate and gold;

Basons and ewers,

My hangings all of Tyrian tapestry :

In ivory coffers 1 have stuff’d my crowns;

In cypress chests my arras counterpanes,

Expensive attire, tents, and canopies,

Wonderful linen, Turkey cushions host with pearl. Valance of Venice gold in needle-work,

Pewter and brass             ”


THE Bazars of Constantinople have ever been to home-staying Europeans as a imaginative and prescient of the “ Arabian Nights travellers have misplaced themselves in hyperbole of their descriptions of them ; and the vintage glories of the Atmeidan, and even the solemn grandeur of St. Sophia, don’t topic the returned pilgrim to half the questioning curiosity which is elicited by the good change of the Metropolis of the Three Seas.

In by-past years, ere “ the schoolmaster was overseas,” the chubby urchins of half the distant villages in England believed that the mud of London was gold-dust, and its pavements silver; and even now, in like method, there are various people to be discovered, who nearly persist in believing that the Bazars of Stamboul are as glowing and beautiful because the enchanted backyard of Aladdin ; and but nothing might be farther from the very fact. The curiosity of the Tcharchi exists in its nice extent, its peculiar association, and the pictnresque results continuously produced by the shifting teams who individuals it, and whose variety of costume, countenance, and nationwide character, tends to arouse the admiration and curiosity of each customer.

Frank customer

Secure a Frank customer

The nervousness of the distributors to safe a Frank buyer is kind of ludicrous. He’s beckoned from one to the opposite with a gesticulation and earnestness towards which it’s virtually unimaginable to contend; a rating of articles is exhibited in succession, with a rapidity which prevents their being completely examined; and the plain darkish metal of Khorassan offers place to the heavy and elaborate Albanian pistol, and that in its flip to the Koran-inscribed Damascus sabre, earlier than the standard of both could be ascertained. Then, instantly, as if he doubted the style of Ills buyer for warlike weapons, the seller thrusts all of them apart, and spreads earlier than him a tempting show of delicate amber mouth-pieces for the chibouque; under-coats from the pricey looms of Persia ; hangings of Tyrian tapestry; and all his hoard of fanciful and costly luxuries. Others, too impatient to await their likelihood of wiling the wealtny infidel from the stalls of their neighbours, make use of considered one of their slaves to perambulate the bazar, and to cross and repass earlier than the Frank, carrying some particularly engaging object — resembling a jewel-hilted pistol, or a buff coat embroidered with gold with a ability and intricacy which can’t fail to draw his eye.

Fascinating commerce

All nations alike commerce on this fascinating commerce ; the Armenian spreads Iris carpet beside that of the Turk ; and the sallow Jew elbows the keen-eyed and crafty Greek ; right here and there a Persian could also be seen sitting restlessly within the midst of his wares, his versatile and cell options partially overshadowed by his massive white turban ; whereas throngs of idlers block up the doorway of the avenue, shoving, laughing, and vociferating, and waking a perpetual thunder amid the echoes of the lengthy constructing.

The Shoe bazar presents a most homosexual and novel look, from the circumstance of its being customary—and, certainly, a legislation—in Constantinople for every nation to be shod with its personal explicit color. Thus the Turk wears a boot and slipper of shiny yellow morocco, the Armenian crimson, the Jew purple, and the Greek black ; and this truth, coupled with the utter disregard of the Orientals to each factor like a Jit, which permits the seller to fabricate massive portions with the knowledge of a speedy sale, makes the road of the shoe-makers like a mattress of tulips. However essentially the most, stunning function of their commerce is the velvet, gold-embroidered, jewel-sprinkled slipper of the harem, worn by the honest Turks on all events of festivity, and, certainly, by the upper courses on all events inside their dwellings; an article of expenditure so severe in an amazing Osinauli familv, as to have recommended the applying of the time period bishmalik, or slipper- cash, (to which I’ve already had event to allude,) to the grant of a substantial annual earnings to the women of the imperial household.

Resistless passions

Resistless passions of his wife

The arrow was shot by a positive hand! Solyman, enslaved by the non-public magnificence, and cowed by the resistless passions of Ids spouse, grew to become the puppet of her will; and the moon had not but grown previous, when Roxalana as soon as extra held a death-warrant signed by the misguided Sultan. Mustaplia had left behind him a son, a good boy who had scarcely numbered ten summers—courageous, and delightful, and, till now, beloved. This was the brand new sufferer ; however the implacable Sultana, fierce as she was, knew all of the depth and watchfulness of a mom‘s love, and he or she felt that the vigilance of the new-made widow should be eluded. The boy was, subsequently, on some truthful pretence dispatched to a kiosque close to Broussa, attended by a correct guard, and accompanied by his mom in a coated litter. Within the plain past Moudania, the litter broke down; and the eunuch who was entrusted with the death-warrant, proposed to the little prince that they need to collectively gallop ahead to town, and ship again help. The gallant boy complied; and as he sprang from his horse on the door of the kiosque, the executioner stopped him on the edge, and increasing in the direction of him the bowstring, intimated to him that such was the desire of the Sultan.

“ God is nice!” stated the courageous boy, “and the Sultan is his shadow upon earth—I’m prepared.” And when she reached Broussa, the widow of Mustapha discovered that she was childless!


THE lovely mosque of Yeni Djami, recognized additionally as that of Sultana Yalide, was constructed by the mom of Mahomet IV., and is esteemed one of the magnificent within the capital. The minarets are peculiarly elegant, every being encircled by a minimum of three galleries, of probably the most minute and thickly-perforated sculpture, within the Saracenic style. The portal is of ponderous dimension, and the brazen gates are thickly studded with mother-of-pearl; three lofty arches enclose an open peristyle, terraced in, and sufficiently spacious to include greater than 100 individuals. The double vary of exterior galleries, operating alongside the fafade of the temple, are of high-quality and delicate workmanship, and the arches by which they’re fashioned, are chastely and superbly designed. The principal dome springs majestically from the centre of the spacious roof, and rests upon 4 lesser ones, which seem to raise it to the clouds; whereas the tomb of the illustrious founder nestles beneath the extra lofty edifice, comparatively minute in dimension, hut equally elegant in building.

Places London

It should not be imagined that the bazars of the East are huge flats crammed with rows of trim counters, overstrewn with toys and trinkets, and all of the gaud and glitter that are the attraction of such lounging- locations in London. There isn’t a prettiness within the nice business mart of the Moslems ; their Tcharchi consists of a cluster of streets, of such extent and quantity as to resemble a small coated city, the roof being supported by arches of stable masonry. A slender gallery, barely fenced by a wood rail, often connects these arches : and it’s extraordinary to look down from one among them upon the changeful and motley crowd under; neither is it, maybe, much less singular to the stranger, when he has gained this giddy elevation, to search out himself surrounded by numbers of doves, whom his neighborhood fails to disturb, and who seem like so habituated to human contact and human turmoil, and to have suffered each so lengthy with impunity, ns to have turn out to be regardless alike of the one and the opposite.

The Bezenstcin

Each avenue of the bazar is appropriated to a specific department of commerce; thus, on the street generally known as the Bezenstcin, the 2 ranges of counters are occupied by jewellers, and are positioned on a raised wood platform, the place the retailers unfold their carpets, and make their calculations on strips of a robust yellowish paper, resembling parchment, that they relaxation towards their knee; whereas, with out withdrawing the chibouque from their lips, they dip their reed pen into an ink-bottle, nestled amid the folds of the scarf about their waist, and thus gravely await their prospects. Past the platform is a strong-room, of which the door is made quick; for a lot of of them comprise a few of the most expensive gems on the planet, significantly pearls, turquoises, and brilliants; though the dingy and ill-supplied glass-cases on the counters would lead a stranger to think about that nothing uncommon or curious was to be met with within the Bezenstein: however let the eager and quick-sighted sellers (who arc virtually solely Armenians) see a prospect of securing a very good buyer, and tlie door of tlic interior condo as soon as thrown again, the attention should be regular certainly that’s not dazzled by the mass of jewels which encompass it. ‘flic are there in abundance; drinking-cups, lipped with gems; tusbees, or rosaries, the place each bead is a jewel; clusters of diamonds in fanciful gadgets, for the turbans of the younger beauties of the harem ; aigrettes for the caps of the nobles; housings for the Arab steeds of the Pashas, stiff with pearls and gold rings, chains, and stars;—it have been idle, briefly, to try a recapitulation of the treasures of the Bezenstein.

Gloomy uninviting

Gloomy and uninviting

The avenue of the money-changers is gloomy and uninviting, save to those that can really feel a pleasure in listening to the ring of the dear metals, which matches on hour after hour, because the solemn-looking bankers go heaps of coin, or bars of unwrought gold, from scale to scale, to check their weight and high quality. This department of commerce, additionally, is nearly entirety monopolised by Armenians, lots of the principal males of that nation resident at Constantinople being sarafs, or bankers to the completely different Pashas, and noteworthy for his or her excessive precept and honesty. There are few Turkish money-changers,—because the Osmanlis will not be naturally speculative of their industrial undertakings, and like a much less unsure and anxious occupation,—and nonetheless fewer Greeks ; I imagine, merely from the issue they discover in acquiring shoppers. The nice mass of Constantino- politan bankers are, consequently, Armenians and Jews, and lots of the latter are extremely respectable and reliable; the pursuits of their employers being additional ensured from the identified extent of their wealth, and the fixed vigilance which is exercised by the Turkish authorities over that degraded and oppressed individuals.

Parts of the. Tcharchi

One of the attention-grabbing parts of the. Tcharchi, is that generally known as the Armoury Bazar, the place, in 5 minutes, an individual might, just like the ghost of Hamlet’s father, be—Okay Armed from high to toe,”— within the garb and with the weapons of virtually each interval and nation. The partitions on both aspect are lined with items of armour;—vintage shields, from that of the. paladin to the extra fashionable buckler of the crescent; horse-gear, embossed and studded with shining metals; warlike ornaments, so ponderous that they may, apparently, solely have been wrought for giants; helmets of all varieties and sizes, a lot of them surmounted with units which recall one of the best days of chivalry ; spears, as gentle as fairy-wands, and virtually as glittering; fits of mail, dimmed by the rust of centuries; the English musket, the American rifle, and the Indian bow, hold aspect by aspect; whereas Damascus swords, Egyptian scymitars, and Turkish handjars, arc heaped collectively in picturesque confusion. Leopard skins, saddle-worn and venerable, are there additionally ; and resting towards them maj’ incessantly be seen the heavy match-lock, crusted with embossed silver in these lovely arabesques peculiar to the East.