Teachings of Rabbi Hanina ben Dosa

 

 

Rabbi Hanina ben Dosa says, “Everyone whose fear of sin is prior to his wisdom, his wisdom endures. Everyone whose wisdom is prior to his sin, his wisdom does not endure. He used to say, “Everyone whose deeds are greater than his wisdom, his wisdom endures. Everyone whose wisdom is greater than his deeds, his wisdom does not endure.” (Avot 3:9)

 

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He [Rabbi Hanina ben Dosa] used to say “Everyone who pleases the spirit of humanity, the spirit of God is pleased by him. Everyone who does not please the spirit of humanity, the spirit of God is not pleased by him.” (Avot 3:10)


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