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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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.

Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, grow, grow.

He who can feel ashamed will not readily do wrong.

Humor the sons of the poor, for they give science its splendor.

Life is so short we must move very slowly.

Sheep follow sheep.

The highest form of wisdom is kindness.

Throw no stones into the well whence you have drunk.

When the wine's in, murder will out.

Be eager to fulfill the smallest duty and flee from transgression for one duty includes another and one transgression induces another transgression.

Examine the contents, not the bottle.

He who carries out one good deed acquires one advocate in his own behalf, and he who commits one transgression acquires one accuser against himself. Repentance and good works are like a shield against calamity.

If one man says to thee, ''Thou art a donkey,'' pay no heed. If two speak thus, purchase a saddle.

Live well. It is the greatest revenge.

Silence (in court) may be equivalent to confession.

The house that does not open to the poor shall open to the physician.

Thy friend has a friend, and thy friend's friend has a friend; be discreet.

When you teach your son, you teach your son's son.

A legal decision depends not on the teacher's age, but on the force of his argument

Be very careful if you make a woman cry, because God counts her tears. The woman came out of a man's rib. Not from his feet to be walked on. Not from his head to be superior, but from the side to be equal. Under the arm to be protected, and next to the heart to be loved.

Excellent is wisdom when associated with an inheritance.

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First Name
Talmud or The Talmud
Birth Date
c. 3rd Century
Death Date
6th Century
Bio

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