Suggested Discussion Questions:
1. This midrashic text is in resistance to the Mishna in Yevamot 6:6 (on BT 64b). What does this text suggest about the purposes of marriage?
2. If Rabbi Simeon bar Yochai could have prayed for them before, why does he do so only later after this story?
3. Note: Often women were the ones to desire the standard requirement of divorce in order to secure a new husband and perhaps still have children. Beyond the simple desire to have children, women reasonably feared being left alone in old age without income or children to depend upon. How might this consideration be a factor in our story?