too is for
was Nachum Ish Gamzu so called? For, about everything that happened to
him, even that which was not good, he would say, "This too, "Gam zu",
is for the good," as we see in the next story:
people needed to buy Caesar's goodwill by sending him a gift. "Who
should go as our representative," they wondered. "Surely, no one is
better suited for this mission than Nachum Ish Gamzu, for whom the
heavens perform miracles." They sent him with a chest of precious gems
On the way, he spent a night at a hotel.
slept, the owners stole the gems from his chest, replacing them with
dust. In the morning, he noticed the sand in the chest.
too is for the good," he said to himself, and continued on his mission.
presented the chest to Caesar who opened it. Seeing the dust, he
assumed that the Jews were mocking him. He was so angry, he decided to
execute the entire Jewish people.
"This too is for
Nachum Ish Gamzu said to himself.
At that moment,
HaNavi miraculously appeared in the guise of an important officer.
he said to Caesar, "this is the sand their ancestor Avraham used to
fight and conquer the kings. When he threw sand at them, they died
as though slaughtered by swords. When he threw straw at them, they died
as though pierced by arrows."
Caesar had a
state that had resisted all his attempts to conquer it. He therefore,
took the dust and tested it in the next battle. He was victorious.
then brought Nachum Ish Gamzu into his treasure house, filled his chest
with precious gems, and sent him home in honor.
Nachum Ish Gamzu again stopped at the same hotel. Eagerly, the hotel
owners asked him what important gift he had brought to the Caesar that
he should return in such honor.
"What I took from
told them, "is what I brought to Caesar."
story, they tore their hotel apart that they might bring all of its
dust to Caesar. "We have brought you the same dust that Nachum Ish
Gamzu brought you," they proudly reported. "That dust came from our
The Romans tested the dust, but it failed to
the same results. They then executed those hotel owners.
It is surprising that he saw he no longer had the gems, only useless
dust, yet he continued on to Caesar's palace. We must say though, that
his faith in Hashem was so strong, he couldn't possibly imagine Hashem
allowing anything to happen that would not be for his benefit.