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post #97 of (permalink) Old Apr 14th, 2013, 04:38 PM
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Re: Have you ever read Bible?

Originally Posted by Punky View Post

whats ur fav book?
Don't remember the titles after all this time, but mostly ones by or summarizing the work of the great man described below:
Rabbi Hillel was born to a wealthy family in Babylonia, but came to Jerusalem without the financial support of his family and supported himself as a woodcutter. It is said that he lived in such great poverty that he was sometimes unable to pay the admission fee to study Torah, and because of him that fee was abolished. He was known for his kindness, his gentleness, and his concern for humanity.

One of his most famous sayings, recorded in Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers, a tractate of the Mishnah), is "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?" The Hillel organization, a network of Jewish college student organizations, is named for him.
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