Chapter 4, Misha 5, Chapter 5, Mishna 1 The Temple always wins in business transactions. Fifteen officials who served in the Temple are mentioned by name as exemplars of their office. One was Petahya, who was also known as Mordechai in the Book of Esther. The chain of transmission back to Sinai implies that earlier Sages are closer to the Source of Wisdom than later Sages. The donkey of Rabbi Pinchas ben Yair was so discerning that it would not eat untithed produce!