Hillel the Elder

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That which is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation. Go and study it.

Hillel the Elder was a famous Jewish religious leader who was born in Babylon and lived in Jerusalem during the time of King Herod; he is one of the most important figures in Judaic history, associated with the Mishnah and the Talmud. He was the ancestor of a long line of rabbis, including Judah haNasi, who compiled the Mishnah, and Judah's son, Hillel the Younger.

Quotes[edit]

  • דעלך סני לחברך לא תעביד. זו היא כל התורה כולה, ואידך פירושה הוא: זיל גמור
    • D'`alakh s'nai l'khavrekh la ta`avaid. Zo hi kol hatora kulahh, v'idakh peirusha hu: zil g'mor
    • That which is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation. Go and study it.
    • Babylonian Talmud, tractate Shabbat 31a

Pirkei Avot[edit]

  • Be of the disciples of Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace, loving your fellow creatures and drawing them near to the Law.
    • 1:12
  • A name made great is a name destroyed. He who does not increase his knowledge decreases it.
    • 1:13
  • אם אין אני לי, מי לי? וכשאני לעצמי, מה אני? ואם לא עכשיו, אימתי?
    • Im ein ani li, mi li? U'kh'she'ani le'atzmi, mah ani? V'im lo 'akhshav, eimatai?
    • If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And when I am for myself, then what am "I"? And if not now, when?
    • 1:14

Quotes about Hillel the Elder[edit]

  • Hillel stood in the gate of Jerusalem one day and saw the people on their way to work. "How much," he asked, "will you earn today?" One said: "A denarius"; the second: "Two denarii" "What will you do with the money?" he inquired. "We will provide for the necessities of life." Then he said to them: "Would you not rather come and make the Torah your possession, that you may possess both this world and the world to come?"
    • The Jewish Encyclopedia (1906), Volume 6, p. 399

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