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The Life and Teachings of Hillel - Yitzhak Buxbaum

The Life and Teachings of Hillel

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Published: 28th March 1994
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The Life and Teachings of Hillel provides the most comprehensive treatment ever published of one of the greatest figures in Jewish tradition. Yitzhak Buxbaum weaves together the various stories about Hillel along with his teachings and sayings to develop this ground-breaking portrait, shedding new light on Hillel's illustrious career, fascinating life, and profound teachings. Hillel is one of the most important and popular of the talmudic sages, yet he is mostly known only in the context of two or three popular stories told about him. Such stories as teaching the 'Golden Rule' of Torah 'while standing on one foot,' and his saying, 'If I am not for myself, who will be for me, and if I am for myself alone, who am I,' have eclipsed a more complete view of Hillel's influence and significance. In the rabbinic tradition, there is much debate between the teachings of the school of Hillel and that of his contemporary, Shammai. Hillel is often seen as the more tolerant, softer teacher, with his teachings representing what we consider 'normative' Judaism. Often, the traditions passed down to modern times are a result of the rabbis' reconciliation of the two schools, so that Hillel's pure teachings have been lost. The Life and Teachings of Hillel separates out Hillel's teachings and looks at them independently of Shammai's. Studied on their own, it becomes evident that Hillel was actually much more radical and 'hasidic' than is commonly thought. While he is known for representing the gentler, more loving side of Judaism, in this work his pious radicalism is also apparent. Readers will be charmed and fascinated by Hillel's fiery gentleness. The Life and Teachings of Hillel offers new information about a radiant religious figure, and it also recovers a side of Jewish tradition that has been lost to most people.

Yitzhak Buxbaum's book is a comprehensive study of the quotations and comments found in rabbinic literature about Hillel, who is probably the best known of the ancient sages. In an era of growing religious extremism, Hillel's liberalism in interpreting the halacha could perhaps serve as a beacon to modern-day rabbis to follow in his pious and liberal footsteps... Journal Of The Royal Musical Association Hillel, the oft-quoted sage who lived sometime between the second quarter of the last century B.C.E. and 10 C.E., is captured from all perspectives through his teachings. Some biographical details emerge, but the emphasis is on his gentle personality which suffused his teachings. It is this aspect which the author finds to be so attractive to contemporary Jews. Sample chapter titles are: Charity and Peace; Hillel and Herod; The Humble Man; Hillel's Teaching Style. The book ably demonstrates why Hillel's teachings were so influential and are still so popular. Jewish Book World The extraordinary nature of Hillel comes to life in the pages of this book. A long needed spiritual biography of one of the greatest talmudic teachers and religious figures is presented to us in a clear and inspiring fashion. -- Rabbi Michael Strassfeld, author of The Jewish Holidays and co-editor of The Jewish Catalogs The Life and Teachings of Hillel is a treasure of information relating to all aspects of Jewish life. It is well researched and very well documented. The book brings to life an entire historical period with its giant leaders. It is amazing how much of Hillel's teachings are still applicable in modern times. Any adult Jewish book collection will benefit from the addition of this volume. It is a joy to read! Journal Of Nietzsche Studies Yitzhak Buxbaum's book is a comprehensive study of the quotations and comments found in rabbinic literature about Hillel, who is probably the best known of the ancient sages. In an era of growing religious extremism, Hillel's liberalism in interpreting the halacha could perhaps serve as a beacon to modern-day rabbis to follow in his pious and liberal footsteps. Journal Of The Royal Musical Association

Part 1 Ascent to Leadership Chapter 2 The Lost Teachings of Hillel Chapter 3 Historical Settings and Family Background Chapter 4 Shebna Chapter 5 Hillel on the Roof Chapter 6 His Great Torah Knowledge Chapter 7 Hillel becomes Nasi Chapter 8 The Nasi as Scholar Chapter 9 The Nasi as Judge Chapter 10 Hillel's View on Leadership Chapter 11 Yeas and Dates Chapter 12 Hillel the Pharisee Chapter 13 Hillel, Menahem, and Shammai Chapter 14 The Prosbul Chapter 15 Hillel and Herod: Religion and Politics Chapter 16 Hillel and Herod: Religion and Politics - Continued Part 17 Mission and Message Chapter 18 Disciples of Aaron Chapter 19 Loving Peace Chapter 20 Being "Mixed in" with Others Chapter 21 Charity and Peace Chapter 22 Loving People Chapter 23 Love and Judging Others Chapter 24 Under the Wings of Divine Presence Chapter 25 A Mission to All Men Chapter 26 Three Proselytes Chapter 27 Receive All Men Part 28 The Hasidic Personality Chapter 29 Hillel's Personality Chapter 30 Hillel the Hasid Chapter 31 A Hasid from Love Chapter 32 The Hasid and Hesed Chapter 33 A Different Way Chapter 34 His Heart Is Firm. Trusting in the Lord Chapter 35 Hasid and Parush Chapter 36 The Way of Hesed Chapter 37 The Humble Man Chapter 38 Hillel and the Once-Rich Poor Man Chapter 39 Gentle and Bearing Insult Chapter 40 Disciple of Ezra Chapter 41 Hillel's Teaching Style Chapter 42 Hillel and the Rich Part 43 Holy Spirit, Holy Legacy Chapter 44 A Good Name versus a Great Name Chapter 45 The Holy Spirit Chapter 46 The Rejoicing of the Water-drawing Chapter 47 Hillel's Death Chapter 48 If I am Not for Myself Chapter 49 In Favor of Shammai Chapter 50 A Unique Balance

ISBN: 9781568210490
ISBN-10: 1568210493
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 28th March 1994
Publisher: Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 16.4  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.73