Has it not been taught: It is related that a certain righteous man gave a dinar to a poor man on the eve of the New Yearin a year of drought, and his wife scolded him, and he went and slept in thecemetery, and he heard two spirits speaking to one another. Said one to her companion: My friend, comeand let us wander around the world and let us hear from behind the curtain what suffering iscoming upon the world. Her friend replied to her: I am not able, because I am buried in a mat of reeds. But you go, and whatever you hear, tell me. She went and wandered around andreturned. Her companion said to her: My friend, what have you heard from behind the curtain? Shereplied: I heard that whoever plants after the first rainfall will have his crop killed by hail. So theman went and did not sow till after the second rainfall. Everyone else's cropwas killed, and his was not killed. The next year he again went and slept in thecemetery, and heard the two spirits speaking to one another. One said to her friend: Come and let uswander around the world and hear from behind the curtain what suffering is coming upon the world.Her friend replied: My friend, didn't I tell you that I am not able because I am buried in amat of reeds? But you go, and whatever you hear, come and tell me. So the other one wentand wandered around the world and came back. She said to her: My friend, what have you heard frombehind the curtain? She replied: I heard that whoever plants after the second rain will have hiscrop killed by blight. So the man went and planted after the first rain with the result that everyoneelse's crop was blighted and his was not blighted. His wife to him: Why is it that last yeareveryone else's crop was killed and yours was not killed, and this year everyone else's crop isblighted and yours is not blighted? So he related to her all his experiences. They say that not long afterwards an argument broke out between
the wife of that righteous man and the mother of the child, and the former said to the latter: Come and I will show you that your daughter is buried in a mat of reeds.The next year the man again went and spent the night in the cemetery and heard those two speaking together. One said: My friend, come and let
us wander about the world and hear from behind the curtainwhat suffering is coming upon the world. The other one said: My friend, leave me alone! Our private conversation has already been heard among the living. This would prove that they know! Perhaps someother man after his decease went and told them.