Ethical Writings of
CONCERNING CHARACTER TRAITS
"Every man whose character traits all
lie in the mean is called a wise man."1a
"The business conduct of the
disciples of wise men is truthful and faithful. . . He
does not allow himself to be made a surety or a
guarantor and does not accept the power of attorney. . .
He lends money and is gracious. He shall not take
away business from his fellow man . . ."1b
GUIDE OF THE
"It is possible that the meaning
of wisdom in Hebrew indicates aptitude for
stratagems and the application of thought in such a way
that the stratagems and ruses may be used in
achieving either rational or moral virtues, or in achieving
skill in a practical art, or in working evil and
ON THE MISHNAH - PEREQ HELEQ
"The days of the messiah
will occur when rule returns to
and they return to Palestine. This king who arises . . . will
have the seat of his rule in
His fame will . . . be even greater than that of King Solomon.
Because of his consummate justice, the religious communities will
make peace with him and the nations will obey him. . .
God Himself will cut off and destroy anyone who rises up
"The messiah will die, his son
will succeed him, and then his grandson. . .
It would not be
surprising if his dominion lasted for thousands of years."1e
"Daniel long ago prophesied about
Jesus of Nazareth, who imagined he was the
messiah and was killed by a court of law."1f