-- Chapter from Bedtime Stories Of Torah Values -- Shlomo, the Wisest of All Men - Wisdom Chapter from Bedtime Stories Of Torah Values -- Shlomo, the Wisest of All Men - Wisdom
Hello. Sign in to get personalized recommendations.
Your Account
Order Status
Customer Service
View Cart Checkout
Home Books Audio Software Judaica
ArtScroll Classics   |    Browse Categories   |    Best Sellers   |    The App  |   New Releases   |   Future Releases   |   Recommendations
ArtScroll Gift Finder
Privacy Policy
To unsubscribe, click here
Shop By Item Number  
Request A Catalog  
Siddur / Prayer Books  
Chumash / Torah  
Tanach / Bible  
Daily Dose of Torah  
Kosher By Design Series  
Passover Haggadahs  
Interlinear Series  
Tehillim / Psalms  
Rubin Prophets  
Torah Reader's Tikkun  
Foreign Language Editions  
Rashi & Ramban  
Children's Titles  
All Categories  
Gift Certificates  
Browse By Category  
Best Sellers  
New Releases  
Back In Print  
Browse by Author  
Browse by Title  
Schottenstein Talmud Bavli  
Schottenstein Talmud Yerushalmi  
Kleinman Ed. A Daily Dose of Torah  
Edmond J. Safra French Talmud  
Schottenstein Ed. Book of Mitzvos  
Click for ArtScroll Gift Certificates
Sample Chapters  
Parashah Talk  
Click to find a Hebrew Bookstore near you

  Chapter 16 from
Bedtime Stories Of Torah Values

By Shmuel Blitz  Tova Katz 

Other Available Chapters

Shlomo, the Wisest of All Men - Wisdom

After King David died, Hashem appeared to his son, Shlomo, in a dream. “Tell me what you want,” Hashem said. “Whatever it is, I will give it to you.”

Some people would have asked for wealth, some for power and some for long life. But Shlomo asked for just one thing. “Give me wisdom, Hashem, so I will be able to judge the people properly.”

Hashem was very pleased with this request and happily granted it.

One day two women came before King Shlomo. “We live in the same house,” one woman said. “I had a baby and three days later she also did. Her baby died in the middle of the night. She took my baby and put her dead baby in its place. Please, give me back my baby!”

“Oh no,” said the second woman. “It is my baby that is alive. Yours is the dead one.”

The two women began arguing, each one claiming the baby was hers.

King Shlomo stared at the two women. “This is a very hard problem. There is no way for me to know who is telling the truth. There is only one thing left to do.”

“Give the baby to me,” screamed one woman. “It is mine.”

“No, it is mine,” shouted the other.

“Bring me a sword,” King Shlomo said. “Cut this child in two. Give each woman half of the baby.”

“Don’t kill him. Let her take the child!” one of the women shouted.

But the other woman said, “Yes, cut the baby in half. If I can’t have it, she shouldn’t have it either.”

Shlomo then told them, “Give the baby to the woman who said not to kill him. The true mother would never let her child be killed.”

All of Israel heard this story and saw how wise their king was.

Shlomo did not care about money or power. He wanted wisdom to do the right thing when he was king.

© Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.