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Five Things Hillel the Sage Taught Us

Learning Pirkei Avot

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Five Things Hillel the Sage Taught Us: Learning Pirkei Avot

Ch. 2, Mishnah 4-5: Hillel would say: Do not separate yourself from the community. Do not believe in yourself until the day you die. Do not judge your fellow until you have stood in his place. Do not say something that is not readily understood in the belief that it will ultimately be understood. And do not say "When I free myself of my concerns, I will study. A boor cannot be sin-fearing, an ignoramus cannot be pious, a bashful one cannot learn, a short-tempered person cannot teach, nor does anyone who does much business grow wise. In a place where there are no men, strive to be a man.
Hillel, Ethics of the Fathers

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