Hillel the Younger

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You never enjoy the world aright, till the sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens and crowned with the stars.
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Hillel the Younger or Hillel ben Gamaliel was a Jewish religious leader of the early 3rd century C.E. He was a grandson of Judah haNasi, who compiled the Mishnah. He is not to be confused with his ancestor Hillel the Elder or his relative Hillel II. Apart from Pirkei Avot, he is mentioned once in the Babylonian Talmud - Baba Bathra 83b.


  • Do not judge your fellow man until you have come into his situation.
    • Pirkei Avot 2:4
  • Do not separate yourself from the community.
    • Pirkei Avot 2:4
  • Do not say, "when I have leisure I will study," for you may never have leisure.
    • Pirkei Avot 2:5
  • A boor cannot be sin-fearing, an ignoramus cannot be pious, a bashful one cannot learn, a short-tempered person cannot teach, nor does anyone who does much business grow wise.
    • Pirkei Avot 2:5
  • במקום שאין אנשים, השתדל להיות איש.
    • Uvemakom she'ein anashim, hishtadel lihyot ish.
    • Translation: In a place where there are no men, strive to be a man.
    • Ibid 2:6

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