The Wit & Wisdom of the Talmud: Proverbs, Sayings and Parables for the Ages

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In Jewish tradition, the Talmud embodies the laws of Judaism, as well as a way of study and intellectual development. Composed of two works, the Mishnah and the Gemara, the Talmud is believed to provide serious students with one of the most sacred of experiences. It is, in fact, the Torah (the Old Testament) and the Talmud that offer the tenets of the Jewish religion.

Here, in this classic work, which represents nearly 2,000 years of learning, are those pearls of wisdom that ...

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The Wit & Wisdom of the Talmud: Proverbs, Sayings and Parables for the Ages

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Overview

In Jewish tradition, the Talmud embodies the laws of Judaism, as well as a way of study and intellectual development. Composed of two works, the Mishnah and the Gemara, the Talmud is believed to provide serious students with one of the most sacred of experiences. It is, in fact, the Torah (the Old Testament) and the Talmud that offer the tenets of the Jewish religion.

Here, in this classic work, which represents nearly 2,000 years of learning, are those pearls of wisdom that have served as a daily guide for countless generations of people throughout the world. Some may be familiar to you; others may be new. Some may provoke a laugh; others, a tear. All, however, offer illuminating insights and direction that can provide a foundation for a compassionate and focused life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757000218
  • Publisher: Square One Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Squareone Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,255,377
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

George J. Lankevich received his PhD in American History from Columbia University. He taught for over thirty years in the City University of New York, and is now a professor emeritus. Dr. Lankevich is the author of over twenty volumes of history, including New York City: A Short History.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Topics
Accountability 17
Actions 17
Adversity 18
Advice 19
Age 19
Ancestry 20
Anger 21
Appearances Are Deceiving 22
Arrogance and Pride 23
Associates 25
Beginnings 26
Birth and Development 27
Business Principles 27
Character and Reputation 29
Charity and Good Deeds 30
Children 36
Children's Obligations 38
Cleanliness 40
Clothing 40
Compassion for Animals 41
Complaint 41
Conduct and Manners 42
Confession 43
Consequences 43
Consistency 43
Contentment 44
Cosmetics 45
Covetousness 45
Death 46
Dignity 47
Discretion 47
Duty 48
Duty to God 48
Eating 52
Envy and Jealousy 52
Evil 53
Experience 54
Fame 54
Faultfinding and Blame 54
Fear 55
Flattery 56
Flexibility 56
Fools 56
Forgiveness 58
Free Will 58
Friendship 59
God in Life 60
Good Neighbors 61
Government 62
Greatness 63
Habit 63
The Home 63
Honesty 64
Honor 64
Hope 65
Hospitality 65
Human Nature 66
Hypocrisy and Deceit 66
Idleness 68
Immortality and the World to Come 68
Ingratitude 71
Israel 72
Joy 74
Judgment 74
Justice 76
Labor 77
The Law 79
Laws of Nature 79
Leadership 80
Learning and Knowledge 81
Levity 84
Life 84
Love 85
Marriage 86
Meddling 90
Mercy 90
Misers 91
Moderation 92
Modesty and Humility 93
Money 94
Oaths 95
Obscenity 95
Opinion 96
Opportunity 96
Passion 97
Patriotism and Community Involvement 98
Peace 98
Perjury 100
Persecution 100
Physicians and Medicine 101
Poverty 102
Prayer 103
Preparedness 105
Promises 105
Quarelling and Discord 106
Religion 107
Repentance 107
Reproof 110
Resignation and Acceptance 111
Revenge 112
Rewards 113
The Righteous 114
The Sabbath 115
Secrets 116
Self-Respect 117
Self-Sufficiency 117
Sermons 118
Shame 118
Sickness and Pain 119
Silence 119
Sin 120
Slander and Gossip 122
Soldiers 123
The Soul 123
Teamwork 125
Temperament 125
Temptation 126
Theft 126
Thrift 128
Tolerance 128
Trials 130
Truth 130
Usefulness 132
Virtue 132
Wine 133
Wisdom 134
Woman 137
Words 139
Worry and Care 140
Youth 141
Index 143
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