Random Quote #75 topic: hebraic, Translations from the Talmud, Midrashim and Kabbala

This is one of the weightier expositions met with from time to
time in the Talmud, in which one recognizes a more than
ordinarily deep and earnest feeling on the part of the
commentator. The interpreter expresses himself as a man instinct
with the exclusive Hebrew spirit, and as such claims his title
to the whole inheritance. It is a claim abstractly defensible,
and the just assertion of it is the basis of all rights over
others. The only question here is whether the Jew alone is
invested with the privilege. There can be little doubt that the
principle on which he claims enfeoffment in the estate is a
sound one, that the earth belongs in no case to the sons of
Belial, only to the sons of God.

Seven things distinguish an ill-bred man and seven a wise man:--The wise
man (1.) does not talk before his superior in wisdom and years; (2.) he
does not interrupt another when speaking; (3.) he is not hasty to make
reply; (4.) his questions are to the point, and his answers are
according to the Halachah; (5.) his subjects of discourse are orderly
arranged, the first subject first and the last last; (6.) if he has not
heard of a thing, he says, I have not heard it; and (7.) he confesseth
the truth. The characteristics of the ill-bred man are just the contrary
of these.

THE TALMUD, _Avoth_, chap. 5, mish. 10.


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