Hebrew Characteristics: Miscellaneous Papers : from the German

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American Jewish Publication Society, 1875 - Ethics, Jewish - 96 pages
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Page 13 - TO crown carries such royalty with it as doth ^ humility ; no monument gives such glory as an unsullied name • no worldly gain can equal that which comes from observing God's laws. The highest sacrifice is a broken and contrite heart ; the highest wisdom is that which is found in the Law; the noblest of all ornaments is modesty ; the most beautiful of all things man can do is to forgive wrong.
Page 17 - ... will surely have to sleep at last together in the dust. Bear well thy heart against the assaults of envy, which kills even sooner than death itself ; and know no envy at all, save such envy of the merits of virtuous men as shall lead thee to emulate the beauty of their lives. Surrender not thyself a slave to hate, that ruin of all the heart's good resolves, that destroyer of the very savour of food, of our sleep, of all reverence in our souls.
Page 35 - The thread on which the different good qualities of human beings are strung, as pearls, is — the fear of God. When the fastenings of this fear are unloosed, the pearls roll in all directions and are lost one by one.
Page 13 - Law; the noblest of all ornaments is modesty; and the most beautiful of all things that man can do is to forgive wrong. Cherish a good heart when thou findest it in any one; hate, for thou mayest hate it, the haughtiness of the overbearing man, and keep the boaster at a distance. There is no skill or cleverness to be compared to that which avoids temptation; there is no force, no strength that can equal piey.
Page 19 - Jews and non-Jews, binding to mutual observance and performance, the first must fulfil it even if the last fail to perform that to which they are bound. If a Jew attempt to kill a non-Jew, and the latter only wishes to defend himself, but not in return to kill, we are bound to help him in his self-defense. Injustice must be done to none, whether he belong to our religion or to another.
Page 28 - The brute in him clamors for sensual joy and things in which there is only. vanity; but the angel resists and strives to make him know that meat, drink, sleep are but means whereby the body may be made efficient for the study of the truths, and the doing of the will of God.
Page 15 - TF the means of thy support in life be measured out scantily to thee, remember that thou hast to be thankful and grateful even for the mere privilege to breathe, and that thou must take up that suffering as a test of thy piety and a preparation for better things. But...
Page 20 - If an assassin take refuge with thee, give him no protection, even though he be a Jew ; if one who bears a heavy burden on his shoulders meet thee on a narrow and difficult path, make way for him, even though he be no Jew. If one not a Jew observe the precepts of the natural (Noachian) moral law, restore to him whatsoever he may have lost, hold him iu higher honor than the Israelite who neglects the truth given him by God.
Page 25 - SOULS as is repugnant to the parents' feelings. If his choice hath fallen on a worthy girl of honorable parentage, but his father or mother wish to force him to take one not worthy, because her relatives offer money, he needs herein by no means to yield to his parents' wishes, for their proceeding is blameworthy.
Page 19 - Mislead no one through thy actions designedly, be he Jew or nonJew. Injustice must be done to none, whether he belong to our Religion or to another. If thou seest a strange man of another faith about to commit sin, prevent its coming to pass if it be in thy power, and herein let the prophet Jonah be thy model. No blessing rests on the money of people who clip coin, make a practice of usury, use false weights and measures, and are in general not honest in business; their children lose their homes...

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