Thursday, March 29, 2012

Some quotes from the Talmud


I know little of the Talmud apart from what is written at the end of this post, but I came across some quotes that contain beauty and wisdom.  They are worth distributing.

"The highest form of wisdom is kindness.”

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

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

“Who is wise? One who learns from all.”

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

"There are stars whose light only reaches the earth long after they have fallen apart.  There are people whose remembrance gives light in this world, long after they have passed away.  This light shines in our drakest nights on the road we must follow."

However, not all quotes from the Talmud are profound, spiritually uplifting and enlightening.  I also came across these...

"Tongue in the mouth of woman is one of God's less agreeable blunders.". .

“The sacred books should be burned rather than made available to women.”

The Talmud is a central text of mainstream Judaism.   It takes the form of a record of rabbinic discussions pertaining to Jewish law, ethics, philosophy, customs and history.  The Talmud has two components: the Mishnah (c 200 CE), the first written collection of Judaism's Oral Law; and the Gemara (c 500 CE), a clarification of the Mishnah.  It also expounds broadly on the Hebrew Bible.   

By way of clarification, the Hebrew Bible is a term used by biblical scholars to refer to the Tanakh, a canonical collection of Jewish texts.  The Torah is the Jewish name for the first five books of the Jewish Bible.


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