Fascinating Jewish quotes about the Jewish people.
Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old jewish quotes, jewish sayings, and jewish proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.
There are no problems, only opportunities for growth.
Rebbetzin Dena Weinberg
I was raised in the Jewish tradition, taught never to marry a Gentile, women shave on Saturday and most especially never to shave a Gentile woman on Saturday.
The pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, an almost fanatical love of justice and the desire for personal independence, these are the features of the Jewish tradition which make me thank my stars that I belong to it.
I'm Jewish. I don't work out. If God had wanted us to bend over, He would have put diamonds on the floor.
Above all, this country is our own. Nobody has to get up in the morning and worry what his neighbors think of him. Being a Jew is no problem here.
Good men need no recommendation and bad men it wouldn't help.
It is impossible to conceive of a more thoroughly despicable, hateful, and arrogant being, than the Jewish god.
Robert Green Ingersoll
The legend engraved on the face of the Jewish nickel on the body of every Jewish child! Not in God we trust, but someday you'll be a parent and you'll know what it's like.
The Jew is eternal. He is the embodiment of eternity.
Good Christ, a Jewish man with parents alive is a fifteen year old boy, and will remain a fifteen year old boy till they die!
We want Israel as a democratic and Jewish state. So you have to maintain a Jewish majority, and you want to do that by legal means, by democratic means.
I don't speak because I have the power to speak; I speak because I don't have the power to remain silent.
Rabbi A.Y. Kook
One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail.
Rabbi Yaacov Perrin
In everything you do you encounter sparks full of life and light, aspiring to rise toward the heights. You help them and they help you.
Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook
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“A Roman came to Rabbi Gimzo the Water Carrier, and asked, "What is this study of the law that you Jews engage in?" and Gimzo replied, "I shall explain. There were two men on a roof, and they climbed down the chimney. One's face became sooty. The other's not. Which one washed his face?" The Roman said, "That's easy, the sooty one, of course." Gimzo said, "No. The man without the soot looked at his friend, saw that the man's face was dirty, assumed that his was too, and washed it." Cried the Roman, "Ah ha! So that's the study of law. Sound reasoning." But Gimzo said, "You foolish man, you don't understand. Let me explain again. Two men on a roof. They climb down a chimney. One's face is sooty, the other's not. Which one washes?" The Roman said, "As you just explained, the man without the soot." Gimzo cried,"No, you foolish one! There was a mirror on the wall and the man with the dirty face saw how sooty it was and washed it." The Roman said, "Ah ha! So that's the study of law! Conforming to the logical." But Rabbi Gimzo said, "No, you foolish one. Two men climbed down the chimney. One's face became sooty? The other's not? That's impossible. You're wasting my time with such a proposition." And the Roman said, "So that's the law! Common sense." And Gimzo said, "You foolish man! Of course it was possible. When the first man climbed down the chimney he brushed the soot away. So the man who followed found none to mar him." And the Roman cried, "That's brilliant, Rabbi Gimzo. Law is getting at the basic facts." And for the last time Gimzo said, "No, you foolish man. Who could brush all the soot from a chimney? Who could ever understand all the facts?" Humbly the Roman asked, "Then what is the law?" And Gimzo said quietly, "It's doing the best we can to ascertain God's intention, for there were indeed two men on a roof, and they did climb down the same chimney. The first man emerged completely clean while it was the second who was covered with soot, and neither man washed his face, because you forgot to ask me whether there was any water in the basin. There was none.”
― James A. Michener, The Source
Rabbinic literature is studded with instructions of things that a person should do “le’olam,” always. Some of these are clearly advice to be lived with on a daily basis, while others apply in specific situations. Culled from Talmud, Midrash, Zohar, and other sources, and translated into English, these pithy quotes have been grouped into categories for you to contemplate, internalize, and share.
1. A person should always consider himself to be half wicked and half righteous. If he did one mitzvah, praiseworthy is he, for he tipped himself toward the side of righteousness. If he sinned, woe is to him, for he tipped himself toward the side of guilt.1
2. A person should always [prefer to] live in a neighborhood of lions rather than a city of evildoers.2
3. A person should always engage in Torah and mitzvot before he dies; once he is dead he is idle from Torah and mitzvot and unable to praise G‑d.3
4. A person should always [prefer] to be pursued rather than to pursue others.4
5. A person should always act [in a dignified manner] as if he is a Torah scholar.5
6. A person should always engage in Torah and mitzvot, even if not for their own sake, as through it one comes to perform them for their own sake.6
7. A person should always [take care] not cast his thoughts backwards [to the past], for his eyes are placed on his face and not his back.7
8. Always keep a low profile and [you will] prosper.8
9. A person should always eat and drink less than what he can afford, dress and cover himself in accordance with his means, and honor his wife and children beyond his means.9
10. A person should always attach himself to good people. 10
11. A person should always push away with his [weak] left hand, but draw near with his [strong] right hand.11
12. A person should always [take care] not [to] stand in a place of danger, insisting that a miracle will be performed for him. Perhaps a miracle will not be performed for him, and if a miracle is done, it will detract from his merits.12
13. A person should always be careful about [not causing] suffering [for] his wife.13
14. One should always rise early to go to the synagogue in order to have the privilege to be counted among the first ten.14
15. A person should make himself like a captain [on the lookout for ways] to perform a mitzvah.15
16. A person should always view himself as if the entire world depends on him.16
17. A person should always incite his good inclination against his evil inclination.17
18. A person should always avoid anger during meal time.18
19. A person should always be careful with how he [formulates his] answers.19
20. A person should always speak in a respectable manner.20
21. A person should always not depart from his master or his friend unless he first took leave and asked permission.21
22. A person should always absorb his Torah learning in [broad-reaching] principles. For if he takes them in [only] as details, they will tire him out and he will not know what to do.22
23. A person should always be like an ox to the yoke and like a donkey to the load … toiling in Torah matters.23
24. A person should always learn the Torah topic that his heart desires.24
25. A person should always [first] study Torah and afterwards analyze [what he learned].25
26. A person should always teach his student in a succinct manner.26
27. A person should always divide his [study] time into three parts: One third for Scripture, one third for Mishnah, and one third for Talmud.27
28. A person should always pray not to become ill.28
29. A person should always speak but a few words before G‑d.29
30. A person should always be particular regarding the Afternoon Service [which comes in the middle of the work day].30
31. A person should always set forth the praises of G‑d and then pray [for his needs].31
32. A person should always arrange his prayer [in his mind] and then pray.32
33. A person should always pray in a building with windows [through which he can look up to the heavens].33
34. A person should always [take care] not [to] be ungrateful, for his punishment will be swift.34
35. A person should always accustom himself to say: All that G‑d does is for the good.35
36. A person should always be soft like a reed and not rigid like a cedar.36
37. A person should always be patient like Hillel and not exacting like Shammai.37
38. A person should always learn [humility] from the wisdom of his Creator, as G‑d disregarded all [tall] mountains and hills and rested His Divine Presence on the [lowly] Mount Sinai.38
39. Always view people [you do not know] like thieves, but honor them like [the great leader] Rabban Gamliel.39
40. A person should always sell a field to purchase goats [which produce shearings, milk, and meat] but never sell sheep to purchase land.40
41. A person’s money should always be found in his possession.41
42. A person should always divide his money into three: one-third in the ground [for the future], one-third [invested] in business, and one-third in his possession.42
43. A person should always teach his son a clean and easy trade, and pray to the One to Whom wealth and property belong, as there is no trade that does not include both poverty and wealth.43
44. A person should always accustom himself to [using the bathroom] in the morning and in the evening so that he will not distance himself [during the day to find an appropriate place].44
45. A person should always consider himself to have a sacred [item] in his bowels [which may become damaged by not eating properly].45
46. A person should always [be prepared to] sell the beams of his house in order to purchase shoes for his feet.46
47. A person should always rise early to purchase his Shabbat needs.47
48. A person should always set his table on Shabbat eve, even if he only needs [to eat the size of] an olive.48
49. A person should always run [to fulfil] a matter of Jewish law, even on Shabbat.49
50. A person should always set his table [for the meal eaten] after Shabbat, even if he only needs [to eat the size of] an olive.50
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