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Rabbi Akiva would say: Jesting and frivolity accustom a person to promiscuity. Tradition is a safety fence to Torah, tithing a safety fence to wealth, vows a safety fence for abstinence; a safety fence for wisdom is silence.

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Ethics of Our Fathers: Avot 3:13

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Rabbi Akiva would say: Jesting and frivolity accustom a person to promiscuity. Tradition is a safety fence to Torah, tithing a safety fence to wealth, vows a safety fence for abstinence; a safety fence for wisdom is silence.
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Rabbi Mendel Kaplan December 18, 2012

Rabbi Ovadia Bartenura authored what most consider to be the pre-eminent commentary on the Mishna (somewhat like the commentary of Rashi has become to the study of Chumash - the Five Books of Moses). Colloquially it's referred to as "Bartenura." Reply

Isaac Freed December 18, 2012

Explain, please I frequently hear Rabbi Kaplan use a term that sounds like "bata nura". What is this word and what does it mean? I enjoy listening to your website and feel that I am learning very much from it.. Thank you. Isaac Freed Reply

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