King Asa's and PM Netanyahu's Leg Ailments
PM sprains ankle at Arab-Jewish kids soccer gameWith leadership like this, it's no wonder Israel failed to qualify for the Euro 2012.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday sprained his ankle while participating in a joint Arab-Jewish soccer game for children at Jerusalem's Kraft Stadium.
The Likud party canceled its faction meeting in light of the injury.
Netanyahu joined the game, staged for Peter Greenberg's show "The Royal Tour," but fell after five minutes following a failed swipe at the soccer ball.
After falling, his security guards drove up to him, helped him inside the vehicle, and left the scene.
Sota 10a and my translation:
תנו רבנן חמשה נבראו מעין דוגמה של מעלה וכולן לקו בהן ... אסא ברגליו ... אסא ברגליו דכתיב רק לעת זקנתו חלה את רגליו ואמר רב יהודה אמר רב שאחזתו פדגרא ... דרש רבא מפני מה נענש אסא מפני שעשה אנגריא בתלמידי חכמים שנאמר והמלך אסא השמיע את כל יהודה אין נקי מאי אין נקי אמר רב יהודה אמר רב אפילו חתן מחדרו וכלה מחופתה.
The rabbis learned in a Beraita: 5 people were created similar to image of above [Rashi: the lower worlds changed for the better with these people's special features], but they all were punished with these same features.... Asa with his feet [he was an incredibly fast runner, but was punished with the same feet] ... Asa with his feet as it says "But in the time of his old age he was diseased in his feet." And Rav Yehuda says in the name of Rav that a form of gout took hold of him. ... Rava expounded: Why was Asa punished? Because he forced Talmidei Hachamim to share the burden of the king's labor, as it says "Then king Asa made a proclamation unto all Judah; none was exempted". What does it mean by "none was exempted"? Rav Yehuda says in the name of Rav: even a bridegroom from his room and a bride from her Huppah [so certainly Talmidei Hachamim were forced too].