Talmud or The Talmud

Talmud or The Talmud
c. 3rd Century
6th Century

Scholarly Interpretation including the Mishnah and Gemara, First Codification of Jewish Oral Law, Talmud meaning "instruction, learning", Central Text of mainstream Judaism consisting of 63 tractates expressing the opinions of thousands of rabbis on subjects including law, ethics, philosophy, customs, history, theology and lore

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Richer is one hour of repentance and good works in this world than all of life of the world to come; and richer is one hour's calm of spirit in the world to come than all of life of this world.

The Divine Spirit does not reside in any except the joyful heart

There is no pity for a man who moans about living in one town and does not move to another.

When choosing a wife look down the social scale; when selecting a friend, look upwards.

Would that life were like the shadow cast by a wall or a tree, but it is like the shadow of a bird in flight.

Any controversy waged in the service of God shall in the end be of lasting worth, but any that is not shall in the end lead to no permanent result.

Even for the rebuilding of the Temple the instruction of the children must not be interrupted.

He that is ambitious of fame destroys it. He that increaseth not his knowledge diminishes it. He that uses the crown of learning as an instrument of gain will pass away.

Hope for a miracle. But don't depend on one.

Learning is achieved only in company.

Say little and do much.

The doctrines of religion are resolved into carefulness; carefulness into vigorousness; vigorousness into guiltlessness; guiltlessness into abstemiousness; abstemiousness into cleanliness; cleanliness into godliness.

This is the punishment of a liar: he is not believed, even when he speaks the truth.

When love is strong, a man and a woman can make their bed on a sword's blade. When love grows weak, a bed of 60 cubits is not large enough.

You can educate a fool, but you cannot make him think.

As a tree is known by its fruit, so man by his works.

Even if you be otherwise perfect, you fail without humility.

He that is gentle to the brutal will end up being brutal to the gentle

How many pens are broken, how many ink bottles consumed, to write about things that have never happened.

Let your left hand turn away what your right hands attracts.

Seven things characterize the wise man, and seven the blockhead. The wise man speaks not before those who are his superiors, either in age or wisdom. He interrupts not others in the midst of their discourse. He replies not hastily. His questions are relevant to the subject, his answers, to the purpose. In delivering his sentiments he taketh the first in order first, the last, last. What he understands not he says, ?I understand not.? He acknowledges his error, and is open to conviction. The reverse of all this characterizes the blockhead.

The end result of wisdom is... good deeds.

Three things are good in little measure and evil in large: yeast, salt and hesitation.

When the castle goes to ruin, castle is still its name; when the dunghill rises, still it is a dunghill.

Be cautious in your intercourse with the great; they seldom confer obligations on their inferiors but from interested motives. Friendly they appear as long as it serves their turn, but they will render no assistance in time of actual need.

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Talmud or The Talmud
Birth Date
c. 3rd Century
Death Date
6th Century
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Scholarly Interpretation including the Mishnah and Gemara, First Codification of Jewish Oral Law, Talmud meaning "instruction, learning", Central Text of mainstream Judaism consisting of 63 tractates expressing the opinions of thousands of rabbis on subjects including law, ethics, philosophy, customs, history, theology and lore