Great Throughts Treasury

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Rabbi Chanina Bar Chama NULL

Babylonian Hassidic Talmudic Sage who interpreted the Mishna

"He whose deeds exceed his wisdom, his wisdom shall endure; but he whose wisdom exceeds his deeds, his wisdom will not endure."

"One brings (the Species in supplication) back and forth to prevent bad winds; one lifts and lowers (them in supplication) to prevent bad precipitation."

"G-d's seal is Truth."

"No person hurts his little finger, without it having been first ordered from Above."

"Everything is in the hands of Heaven except for the fear of Heaven, as it states: And now, Israel, what does Hashem, your God, ask of you, but merely to fear Hashem your God. Is fear of Heaven, the, a small matter, as the verse implies? How could that be? Why? R' Chanina said in the name of R' Shimon ben Yochai: The Holy One, Blessed is He, has nothing in his treasure house other than a store of the merit of fear of Heaven, as the verse states: the fear of Hashem, that is His treasure. If the fear of Heaven, is the only achievement that HaShem values sufficiently to store it, it is, of necessity a great matter."