Hillel the Elder

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The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire.
Pierre Teilhard De Chardin
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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.

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  • מה ששנוא עליך אל תעשה לחברך
    • Ma sh'sanu 'aleykha al ta'ase l'haverkha
    • Translation: That which is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. That is the whole Torah; the rest is commentary. Go and study it.
    • Babylonian Talmud, tractate Shabbat 31a

Pirkei Avot

  • 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?
    • Translation: If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?
    • 1:14

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