In Honi's time, two brothers, Hyrcanus and Aristobulus, were fighting for the kingship of Israel. Honi hid during the war, but he was found. He was taken to the camp of Hyrcanus. Hyrcanus knew that Honi was famous for his special powers with prayer. So he asked Honi to put a curse on Aristobulus and his followers. Honi refused. Hyrcanus placed Honi in front of the people anyway.