Random Quote #68 topic: hebraic, Translations from the Talmud, Midrashim and Kabbala

The Sadducees (Zadokim), so called after Zadok their master, as
is known, stood rigidly by the original Mosaic code, and set
themselves determinedly against all traditional developments. To
the Talmudists, therefore, they were especially obnoxious, and
their bald, cold creed is looked upon by them with something
like horror. It is thus the Talmud warns against them--"Believe
not in thyself till the day of thy death, for, behold, Yochanan,
after officiating in the High Priesthood for eighty years,
became in the end a Sadducee." (_Berachoth_, fol. 29, col. 1.)
In Derech Eretz Zuta, chap. i., a caution is given which might
well provoke attention--"Learn or inquire nothing of the
Sadducees, lest thou be drawn into hell."

Rabbi Yehudah tells us that Rav says a man should never absent himself
from the lecture hall, not even for one hour; for the above Mishnah had
been taught at college for many years, but the reason of it had never
been made plain till the hour when Rabbi Chanina ben Akavia came and
explained it.

THE TALMUD, _Shabbath_, fol. 83, col. 2.


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