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Daily Jewish Wisdom

Discussion in 'Judaism DIR' started by Green Gaia, Jul 29, 2004.

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    It is not a virtue to refrain from hurting others, but it is a virtue to bear a hurt patiently.

    - Ibn Gabirol, Mibhar HaPeninim
     
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    Revere your teacher as you revere Heaven.

    - Eleazar b. Shammua, Mishna: Abot
     
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    Be not like a bird that sees the grain but not the trap.

    - Ibn Tibbon, Tzavaah, 1190
     
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    The mind of each is different from that of the other, just as the face of each is different from that of the other.

    - Babylonian Talmud, Berakhot 58a
     
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    God is glorified by a good deed the wicked happens to do.

    - Zohar, Exodus 11a
     
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    Charity is equal in importance to all the other commandments combined.

    - Babylonian Talmud, "Bava Bathra"
     
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    Neglect not to visit and treat the poor; there is no nobler work.

    - Israeli, Manhig HaRofim
     
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    All my days I have been raised among the Sages, and I found nothing better for oneself than silence; not study, but practice is the main thing; and one who talks excessively brings on sin.

    - Shimon ben Rabban Gamliel, Pirkei Avot 1:17
     
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    When you are annoyed by something you could not avoid, don't aggravate it by useless worry.

    - Mendel Lefin, Heshbon HaNefesh
     
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    In a war of self-defense [literally, an obligatory war] all go out to do battle, even a groom from his room, and the bride from under the wedding canopy.

    - Mishna, Sotah 8:7
     
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    Good cannot come without opposition.

    - Shalom Shakna, quoted in Buber's "Tales of the Hasidim"
     
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    Sugar in the mouth won't help if you're bitter at heart.

    - Yiddish proverb
     
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    Pray for the welfare of the government, for were it not for the fear of it, people would swallow each other alive.

    - Pirkei Avot 3:2
     
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    My friend is he who will tell me my fault in private.

    - Ibn Gabirol, Mibhar HaPeninim
     
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    One who says, "Let good people [and only good people] bless You," is considered to have spoken heresy.

    - Mishna Megillah 4:9
     
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    Include friend and foe in your petitions, for how can one ask God for blessings which he does not want others to have?

    - Orhot Tzaddikim
     
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    A heavenly voice proves nothing. The law of Sinai commands us to "decide according to the majority."

    - Joshua b. Nanania, Talmud: Bab Metzia 59b
     
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    Who accepts affliction cheerfully brings salvation to the world.

    - Joshua b. Levi, Talmud: Taanit, 8a
     
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    The meek attract the Shekina, the proud...drive it away.

    - Mekilta, based on the work of Ishmael b. Elisha
     
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    Despise no man: many pearls are found in a poor man's tunic.

    - Eliezer b. Isaac, Orhot Hayyim
     
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