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Pirke Avot [without footnotes]

Sayings of the Jewish Fathers

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Author: Anonymous
Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 9,740 / 34 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85.3
LoC Category: B
Downloads: 671 307

Translated by Joseph I. Gorfinkle.

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n there words of Torah, it is as if they had eaten at the table of the All-present, for Scripture says, 'And he said unto me, This is the table that is before the Lord.'"

5. R. Chanina, the son of Hakinai, said, "He who keeps awake at night, and goes on his way alone, while turning his heart to vanity, such a one forfeits his own life."

6. R. Nechunya, son of ha-Kanah, said, "Whoso receives upon himself the yoke of the Torah, from the yoke of the kingdom and the yoke of worldly care will be removed, but whoso breaks off from him the yoke of the Torah, upon him will be laid the yoke of the kingdom and the yoke of worldly care."

7. R. Chalafta, the son of Dosa, of the village of Chanania said, "When ten people sit together and occupy themselves with the Torah, the Shechinah abides among them, as it is said, 'God standeth in the congregation of the godly.' And whence can it be shown that the same applies to five? Because it is said, 'He hath found



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