Rabbi Akiva, fully Rebbe Akiva ben Yosef

Rabbi Akiva, fully Rebbe Akiva ben Yosef
c. 40
c. 137

Jewish Sage, Founder of Rabbinic Judaism, , referred to in the Talmud as "Rosh la-Chachamim" (Head of all the Sages)

Author Quotes

Akiva, noticing a stone at a well that had been hollowed out by drippings from the buckets, said: "If these drippings can, by continuous action, penetrate this solid stone, how much more can the persistent word of God penetrate the pliant, fleshly human heart, if that word but be presented with patient insistency"

I am no sorcerer; but I rejoice at the opportunity now given to me to love my God 'with all my life,' seeing that I have hitherto been able to love Him only 'with all my means' and 'with all my might,'" and with the word "One! [before dying]

Which is the more beautiful—God’s work or man’s?" "Undoubtedly man's work is the better," was Akiva's reply; "for while nature at God's command supplies us only with the raw material, human skill enables us to elaborate the same according to the requirements of art and good taste."

Do not do to others what you would not have them do to you.

Whatever G-d does is for the best.

Everything is foreseen (by G-d), yet freedom of choice is given; and the world is judged with grace, yet all is according to the amount of work accomplished.

My children, just as the house is proof of the builder, and the cloth is proof of the weaver, and the door is proof of the joiner, so this world proclaims that G-d created it.

Whatsoever is hateful unto thee, do it not unto thy neighbor. This is the whole of the Torah, the rest is but commentary.

Silence is a defence to wisdom.

"Love thy neighbor" is the Torah's greatest principle.

Rejoice in adversity even more than in prosperity, for suffering brings forgiveness of sin.

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First Name
Rabbi Akiva, fully Rebbe Akiva ben Yosef
Birth Date
c. 40
Death Date
c. 137
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Jewish Sage, Founder of Rabbinic Judaism, , referred to in the Talmud as "Rosh la-Chachamim" (Head of all the Sages)