A Forque in the Road

The surprising origin of the phrase “set a standard.”

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Desire is never satisfied with the enjoyment of desired objects… it only blazes more vehemently.

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When in Rome…?

Midrash B’Reshis Rabah 48:16: “When you come to a city, behave according to the local etiquette. [From where do we learn this?] Since there is no eating and drinking in heaven, when Moshe went up to heaven [to retrieve the Torah], he did not eat, as it says… ‘I did not eat bread nor did […]

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The Genius of Hillel the Elder

Until modern times, it was assumed that Hillel‘s Seven Rules were based solely on Aristotelian logic. But modern scholars have shown that in reality Hillel’s syllogisms were beyond those of his Greek masters, approximating the methods used in modern logic today. For instance, one of his rules, known as Binyan Abh (בנין אב), is almost […]

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