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The Misfortune of Falsehood

via Lma’an Yishme’u

When HaShem commanded Noach to take a pair of all living creatures into the teiva (ark), Falsehood wanted to enter as well, but was stopped because he had no pair. Searching for a match, he met Tragedy and asked if he was willing to be his pair.

"What will you give me in return?" Tragedy asked.

"All my profits," Falsehood promised, and Tragedy agreed.

After the mabul (flood), when they left the teiva, Falsehood went around to collect his earnings, but they had all been taken by Tragedy.

"Where are all my profits?" he complained.

Tragedy replied, "Didn't we make an agreement?"

To this, Falsehood had no response. Nothing is achieved by falsehood, for everything will be taken by tragedy and misfortune.

(מדרש שוח"ט ז)

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