The billion dollar bribe in Panama
Excerpt of a shiur given by Rabbi Eliezer Berland, shlita, on July 27th, 2020, Parshat Ve’etchanan.
When Sarah heard that she needed to give birth [to Yitzhak] in a ‘natural’ way, she nearly fainted. She got brain damage, she had a stroke, and Sarah cried out from her innards.
What’s going on here?!
Hashem said, no, because you laughed!
She said: I didn’t laugh!
What, you’re arguing with HaKadosh Baruch Hu?!
You’re one of Shuvu Banim? Yes, you laughed, no you didn’t laugh? What is this argument?
She said: I only cried, I didn’t laugh.
A man travels to Panama, because someone is going to give him a billion dollars.
Two thousand five hundred dollars to go, two thousand five hundred dollars to come back. Three different planes to get there, three planes to come back. At the end, he says to him I went broke, the taxman crept up on me, Interpol confiscated the money, all kinds of different stories, and he comes back without a cent.
He just cries. From all the frustration, instead of crying, he starts laughing.
And so, Sarah also laughed.