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Architects of Peace

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Architects of Peace

Tractate Brachos in the Jerusalem Talmud concludes with the passage: “Torah scholars increase peace in the world, as the verse states, ‘All your children shall be disciples of the L-rd, and your children’s peace shall increase.’”
Lubavitcher Rebbe
Architects of Peace
Disc 81, Program 323

Event Date: 19 Kislev 5742 - December 15, 1981

Tractate Brachos in the Jerusalem Talmud concludes with the passage: “Torah scholars increase peace in the world, as the verse states, ‘All your children shall be disciples of the L-rd, and your children’s peace shall increase.’”

Tractate Brachos in the Babylonian Talmud concludes with the same passage, but continues: “‘Your children’s peace shall increase’ – Do not read it ‘your children,’ but ‘your builders.’”

Because the Babylonian Talmud was written later, many subjects which appear only generally in the Jerusalem Talmud are elucidated in greater detail in the Babylonian Talmud.

We can therefore explain that the Jerusalem Talmud is speaking in general about all Torah scholars, while the Babylonian Talmud is adding a distinct level of Torah scholar: the one who is devoted exclusively to Torah study, for whom Torah is his “craft.” Upon this unique Torah scholar the Babylonian Talmud bestows the title: “Builder.”

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