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AḤA B. SHILA OF KEFAR TAMRATA or TEMARTA:

A haggadist of the second amoraic generation (third century). Commenting on Esth. ii. 23, "And it was written in the book of the chronicles before the king," he is reported to have pointed out therein a lesson of encouragement to the God-fearing. If the chronicles written by mortals assure rewards for good deeds, how much more ought we to be assured that the pious will be duly rewarded, when the Holy One—blessed be He!—shall produce His book, concerning which it is said (Mal. iii. 16), "And the Lord hearkened and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him" (Esther R. to ii. 23; compare Meg. 16a).

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