Kehiliyot

Quotations and resources from the Jewish community. SPECIAL THANKS TO: Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation for a seed grant to educate the Jewish community about the cost effective benefits of supporting Communities of Practice to better achieve mission critical results.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

S.R. Hirsch, The Nineteen Letters, 1836, #12

Join a community, by which alone your work can be made universal and eternal in its results.


Thank you to CAJE (www.caje.org) for this quotation.

Friday, April 21, 2006

(Midrash) Exodus Rabba 5:9

Come and Learn: The voice of God spoke to each Israelites, that means to each and every person. God's voice was heard and understood because the voice spoke to each individual according to that person's particular ability to hear and understand...to the elderly in keeping with their ability, to the young in keeping with their ability, to the little ones in keeping with their ability, and so on.

Thank you to the Jewish Outreach Partnership (www.jopp.org) for this quotation.

Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) 4:1

Who is wise? One who learns from every person. Who is strong? One who subdues one's evil inclination. Who is rich? One who is happy with one's lot. Who is to be honored? One who honors others.

Thank you to the Jewish Outreach Partnership (www.jopp.org) for this quotation.

(Talmud) Berachot 58a

Our masters taught: One who sees a host of Israelites should say, "Blessed be the One who discerns secrets, for the mind of each of them is not like the mind of any other, nor is the countenance of each of them like the countenance of any other."

Thank you to the Jewish Outreach Partnership (www.jopp.org) for this quotation.

(Midrash) Tanna de Bei Eliyahu Rabbah 26:6 (10th Century)

This is what the Holy One said to Israel: My children, what do I seek from you?
I seek no more than that you have ahavah (love) for one another and kavod (honor) one another; and that you have yirah (awe and reverence) for one another.

Thank you to the Jewish Outreach Partnership (www.jopp.org) for this quotation.

(Talmud) Baba Batra, page 8a

If a person resides in a town for thirty days, that person is responsible for continuing the soup kitchen; After three months, that person is responsible to the charity box; After six months, to the clothing fund; After nine months, to the burial fund; And after twelve months, that person is responsible for contributing to the repair of the town walls.

Thank you to the Jewish Outreach Partnership (www.jopp.org) for this quotation.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Temple Beth Zion

Brit Halashon - From Temple Beth Zion, an independent Jewish Congregation in Brookline, MA with special focus on building community, that is dedicated to ongoing education, passing on Jewish Tradition, social action and spiritual awareness.

Thank you to Gary Grossman for sharing this with us.

Leo Baeck

"It is an old saying: Ask a Jew a question, and the Jew answers with a question. Every answer given arouses new questions. The progress of knowledge is matched by an increase in the hidden and mysterious." - Leo Baeck

Thank you to Steve Kraus from JESNA for sharing this with us.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Tosafot (12th c. Commentary on Mishna)

One who is wise, humble and fearful of sin may be made a community leader.

Tosafot (12th c. Commentary on Mishna)
Sanhedrin 7:1