The Roman said, “Teach me Judaism while standing on one foot.” And Hillel said, “No problem”. First, he brought the request to Shammai. : One-Foot Judaism. ", Ra and Osiris A Roman approached the great sage Shammai and said that he would like to convert to Judaism on condition that he is taught the entire Torah while standing on one foot. Posted on August 6, 2020 July 27, 2020. Clip Featured in Haggadot's Typographic Haggadah. Fill out the form below to subscribe now. The entire Biblical book of Song of Songs describes G-d and the Jewish people as a man and woman in love. (2) the second mistake we often make is ignoring the last few words of this parsha’s famous Biblical verse. 1-845-290-8710 One of the most famous Talmudic stories is that of the potential convert who conditioned his conversion on whether or not he could be taught the Torah while standing on one foot. Clearly also my fellow human being is another form of friend. The Torah forbids eating lobster, obligates us to fast on Yom Kippur. Every Jew is Moshe. The Talmud tells a story of Rabbi Hillel, who lived around the time of Jesus. A heathen said to Shammai, "Teach me the whole Torah whilst I stand on one foot." Get the Gateways Organization "Shabbat Shalom" email blast each week in your inbox. Available On. That teaches us to judge men by their individual actions. Now, Hillel said, “that which is hateful unto you don’t do unto your friend.” I would like to suggest, as is alluded to in Rashi, the great commentary from 11th Century France, that friend has to be understood in a bit of a broader way than just your fellow person. Kindness to others is clearly the category of relationships with other people. While you’re still standing, if you’re willing and able, please stand on one foot and repeat after me: “What is hateful to me I will not do to another.” You may put your feet down. ... Book review: The Great Principle of the Torah: Examining Seven Talmudic Claims to the Defining Principles of Judaism; I hope to make further materials available for download and use in the future. One famous account in the Talmud (Shabbat 31a) tells about a gentile who wanted to convert to Judaism. The Haftorah. There are so many laws of the Torah, and Judaism is so complex and broad, how is it possible to say that all of Judaism is a commentary on “that which is hateful unto to you, do not do to your fellow man”?? NOV 11, 2020; Chaya Sara Chaya Sara. Posted on August 7, 2020 July 27, 2020. I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go." Torah On One Foot Rabbi Matthew Berger Where is Moses? Shammai, sensing his true intention, had him thrown out forthwith. He was initially a very poor, but brilliant student, and became a famous Torah scholar and eventually the Nasi (president) of the Sanhedrin. This is our Holy Torah: 'What is hateful to you, do not do unto others.'" Reply, the askers was to stand on one foot? Open Content License. Followers. Temple Beth Miriam Promote your Page too. “And I can stand on somebody else’s foot for a lot longer than that!” The Talmud (Shabbat 31a) relates that a non-Jew once came to Hillel and asked him to teach him the entire Torah while he, the non-Jew, stood on one foot. Hillel was a very humble and patient man, and there are many stories that illustrate this. To view or purchase Ms. Brombacher's art, © Copyright, all rights reserved. Enter your email address to get our weekly email with fresh, exciting and thoughtful content that will enrich your inbox and your life. One of the most famous stories of the Gemara is the following one – a non-Jew came to Hillel Hazaken and asked him to convert and to be taught the entire Torah “on one foot” (in one go). I would like to try to explain a very strange statement in the Talmud. Dustin Warncke Recommended for you Reply. Answer: To a certain extent, it is possible to say while standing on one foot that the Torah of father, Ha-Rav ztz"l is: unity, wholeness and perfection - unity of Hashem, wholeness of the Nation and the Land and perfection of the Torah. 7-26-20 — 12 – Haftorahs. Why would a rabbi be upset if the asker wanted to spend months, years, standing on one foot? It’s the only portion in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy that does not mention Moses’ name. Facebook Badge. Over the weekend, I learned something new about this week’s Torah portion, T’tzaveh, which means “Command”. The first thing to note is that when it comes to Jewish learning, we all need an accessible way in. The entire Torah on one foot that Hillel taught him was “that which you hate, don’t do to others–a paraphrase of the command to love your neighbor. Don't Be Afraid-Torah on One Foot 2020-11-18: Play: Download 9: Overcoming Obstacles on "Torah on One Foot" 2020-11-17: Play: Download 10: Higher Morals-Parsha Toldos-2 Torah on One Foot 2020-11-16: Play: Download ← Torah On One Foot Rabbi Matthew Berger Celebrate the Cycle on Simchat Torah After the weeklong festival of Sukkot, which celebrates the fall harvest, we complete the circle of the High Holy Days on Simchat Torah. G-d is called “our beloved” One friend to which Hillel refers is G-d Himself. I agree with you. Take Ten for Torah; The 13 Foundations; The Giants Who Shaped Modern Orthodoxy; The God Papers; The Rav in his Own Voice; The Way of Hashem, The Path of Man; Torah Los Angeles; Torah New York: Hashkafa; Torah New York: Israel; Torah New York: The Rav; Torah on One Foot; Tzarich Iyun; Understanding Judaism; Unlocking the Messages in Chazal; Tefillah Hillel answered him and said very simply – “Something that you don’t like to be done to you, don’t do to someone else – … Asking questions is a core tradition in Jewish life. A certain non-Jewish “wise-guy” came to scoff at the Torah, first to the home of Shammai, then to the home of Hillel. Nice painting. In the Rebbe’s last edited discourse he explains the difference between Russian and American Jewry. Torah on One Foot. With one foot wobbling in the air, Hillel has opened a wide and accessible doorway to Torah, a starting point that directs outward behaviour and cultivates inner sensitivity. All the rest is commentary. I always heard this as the guy wanted the rabbi to stand on one foot while teaching the Torah. Text and image by chassidic artist Shoshannah Brombacher. Contributed by Haggadot. According to the Talmud, Shammai picked up a builder's rule, smacked him alongside his head and dismissed him. the Talmud records three arguements btw hillel and shammai. While Pharaoh was of a hard heart, other Egyptians left with Moses. This podcast is powered by JewishPodcasts.org. Reply, Well, of course Pharaoh didn't study it -- he was a different religion, Ra, Osiris, etc. "Does it mean that the heathens and the Jews and all of us are brothers? Everything in the Torah is a commentary on how to live your life with a sensitivity toward all there of our relationships. This happened not infrequently, and this individual stated that he would accept Judaism only if a rabbi would teach him the entire Torah while he, the prospective convert, stood on one foot. He is often mentioned together with his colleague, Shammai, with whom he often disagreed on the interpretations of Torah law: Shammai often follows the stricter interpretation, whereas Hillel tended toward a more lenient understanding of the law. The great Talmudic sage Hillel was born in Babylonia in the first century BCE. Shabbat 31b: One-Foot Judaism. This is actually the Torah, on not one foot but two. This is the law and the prophets. This is the entire Torah; the rest is commentary. ;) CC BY-SA 3.0. Our soul is also our friend, and our closest companion. Perhaps this can be explained based on a Mishnah in Ethics of the Fathers which states that the world stands on three things: the study of Torah, prayers and kindness to others. According to a popular Talmudic tale, a stranger once approached Hillel and Shammai, the great sages of the first century, with a request: "Teach me the Torah while I stand on one foot." by Rabbi Nachman Simon. Wars of the Jews. The heathen forgot that he had come only to jeer. Torah On One Foot. Very well, I shall teach you the Torah while you stand on one foot. Hillel answered, “What you find hateful do not do unto your friend. 2. First he went to Shammai, who, insulted by this ridiculous request, threw him out of the house. Shammai pushed him aside with the measuring stick he was holding. To then interpret this as the wiseguy standing on one foot requires the intelligence of one who says "I could care less." On One Foot The great Talmudic sage Hillel was born in Babylonia in the first century BCE. by Rabbi Nachman Simon. Reply, Go and study it To develop a relationship with his own soul, with his Creator, and with his fellow humans. Ex 5:2Pharaoh did not study his Torah. Listen to Torah On One Foot episodes free, on demand. The Talmud teaches that Shammai picked up a builders rule, a piece of a two by four, and smacks him along side of the head, and the man left him. Life After Death Experience (NDE) with Steve Gardipee, Vietnam War Story | One of the Best NDEs - Duration: 16:38. This is why, I suppose, the principle corruption of humanity is the worship of idols.The idols confound rather than clarify.And they can lead us into grave errors. iTunes Google Stitcher Spotify Podbean. Each one of these is a category of relationship. “That is the entire Torah,” Hillel told him, “the rest is simply an explanation. A man asked Rabbi Hillel to teach him the entire Torah, the five books of Moses, while standing on one foot. Shabbat 31b. 2 When he came before Hillel, (he also … As a young man he came to the Holy Land to study Torah at the feet of the sages of Jerusalem. Reply, Rabbi on one foot Posted on August 5, 2020 July 27, 2020. ..."  In The Jewish Story Finder: A Guide to 668 Tales Listing Subjects and Sources by Sharon Barcan Elswit (McFarland, 2012), the famous story of the man who stands on one foot is told, including this passage, "The man then goes to the great Rabbi Hillel. Such as "Explain the Torah while he stands on one foot" would be ambiguous. "The Torah of Hashem is perfect, restoring the soul" (Tehillim 19:8). Rabbi Cy Stanway is the rabbi of Temple Beth Miriam (www.bethmiriam.org) in Elberon, NJ. It makes more sense if the request puts the time limit on the rabbi by having the rabbi stand on one foot. Perhaps the problem lies with translation and pronoun. As a young man he came to the Holy Land to study Torah at the feet of the sages of Jerusalem. November 12, 2012 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman |. Shammai promptly ejected the Roman from his house, and frankly, I would have done the same. Long, long ago, a non-Jew came to the great Rabbi Hillel and demanded, “Teach me the entire Torah while I stand on one foot!” Now, how long can you stand on one foot? Click jewishpodcasts.fm/signup to get started. First of all, G-d is called, our Friend, our Beloved. Blog Archive 2010 (1) The Talmud in Tractate Shabbos 31a relates the following well-known story of Hillel: “On another occasion it happened that a certain heathen came before Shammai and said to him, “Make me a proselyte, on the condition that you teach me the whole Torah while I stand on one foot.” 1 Thereupon he chased him away with the builder’s cubit that was in his hand. Harry’s Video Blog – Your Money Or Your Life? It is packed with articles, podcasts, critical times, and more! I keep finding it told in this seemingly mistaken manner online. Reply, Time moves forwards Go study it.” Listen on Apple Podcasts. Then he came to Hillel and made the request, "Teach me the Torah as I stand on one foot." However, this man came to Hillel, Shammai’s colleague and good friend, albeit one with whom he strongly disagreed very often. Another story in the Talmud concerns a non-Jew who came to Shammai and agreed to be converted if he could teach him the entire Torah while standing on one foot. The man did not give up and went to Hillel. Shammai, bothered by the chutzpah of this non-Jew (imagine going to a nuclear physicist and asking … Rabbi Hillel replied, "What is hateful to yourself, do not do to your fellow man. On the "Golden Rule" Once there was a gentile who came before Shammai, and said to him: "Convert me on the condition that you teach me the whole Torah while I stand on one foot. So really, what Hillel is saying is that if conducted our lives such that every decision we made and every step we took, we always took into account our “friends”, meaning G-d, the soul, and the other person, we would be fulfilling the entire Torah. the rest were btw their acadamies... G-d Bless. 7-26-20 — 11 – Fifth portion of Chumash. In the great majority of cases, his opinion prevailed. Torah on One Foot. However, this man came to Hillel, Shammai’s colleague and good friend, albeit one with whom he strongly disagreed very often. The Maharal, (and I am taking some liberty in my interpretation, but I think and hope that the Maharal might agree with me). If you enjoyed this article, we encourage you to distribute it further, provided that you comply with Chabad.org's, Kabbalah, Chassidism and Jewish Mysticism. First, he came to the sage, Shammai and he makes his request, "Teach me the Torah, Rabbi, as I stand upon one foot." “I can stand on one foot for around 27 seconds, more or less…” “Probably a lot less, I would say 7 seconds.” Enough with your Shazak jokes… back to the story please! Torah On One Foot Rabbi Stanway's weekly reflection based on the weekly Torah portion. Torah On One Foot. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation of this—go and study it! We unroll the Torah scroll to its fullest extent, over 100+ feet … This is quite peculiar. Hillel encouraged his disciples to follow the example of Aaron the High Priest to "love peace and pursue peace, love all G‑d's creations and bring them close to the Torah." Now granted this rule is very important and very central, but how exactly is all of Judaism a commentary on this rule? A Roman approached the great sage Shammai and said that he would like to convert to Judaism on condition that he is taught the entire Torah while standing on one foot. The rabbis who created the set format for the seder gave us the Four Questions to help break the ice in case no one had their own questions. – Vayishlach 5781, Rabbi Mordechai Becher’s VLog – Living With Contradictions – Vayishlach 5781, Harry’s Video Blog – Thankful – Parshat Vayeitzei 5781. Torah On One Foot JewishPodcasts.org Judaism Listen on Apple Podcasts. For free. Take Ten for Torah; The 13 Foundations; The Giants Who Shaped Modern Orthodoxy; The God Papers; The Rav in his Own Voice; The Way of Hashem, The Path of Man; Torah Los Angeles; Torah New York: Hashkafa; Torah New York: Israel; Torah New York: The Rav; Torah on One Foot; Tzarich Iyun; Understanding Judaism; Unlocking the Messages in Chazal; Tefillah It would have been hard for Pharaoh to study that which had yet to be written or spoken. Office@GatewaysOnline.org. He was initially a very poor, but brilliant student, and became a famous Torah scholar and eventually the Nasi (president) of the Sanhedrin. Judaism, Torah and Meaning while Standing on One Foot: Rosh HaShanah 2015 Rosh HaShanah Day 1, 5776, Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann Early in my career, a woman – in her mid 20s asked for a meeting. That is what Hillel meant by saying that which is hateful unto you, don’t do unto your friend. Shammai promptly ejected the Roman from his house, and frankly, I would have done the same. Prayer is our relationship with G-d, through our conversation with Him. Indignant, Shammai chased him away with a builder’s tool. Bonus and ad-free content available with Stitcher Premium. Start your own podcast today and share your content with the world. Reply, Arguments Shammai sent him away, but Hillel welcomed him, saying: “That which is hateful to you do not do to another; that is the entire Torah, and the rest is its interpretation. And if the man did as Hillel recommended, he would come to this:"And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? The study of Torah is the relationship to one’s own soul. The Maharal maintains that the Mishnah is telling us that human was created to develop relationships. He said, “Teach me the Torah while I am standing on one foot.”. Perhaps Pharaoh would have behaved differently if he had encountered Hillel, but time moves forwards and not backwards and forwards. The rest is commentary, go and learn. This gentle sage accepted the challenge, and said: "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. The easiest way to listen to podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, smart speaker – and even in your car. A pagan came to him saying that he would convert to Judaism if Hillel could teach him the whole of the Torah in the time he could stand on one foot. So we could actually, loosely divide the Torah’s commandments into three sections: Mitzvot bein adam le-atzmo – the commandments between a person and themselves, mitzvot bein adam la-Makom – the commandments between a person and G-d, Mitzvot bein adam l’chaveiro – and the commandments between a person and his friend. Hillel then went on to say “That which is hateful unto you, do not do unto your friend, the rest [of the Torah] is commentary, go and learn.”.
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