Pesikta Rabbati: Homiletical Discourses for Festal Days and by Leon Nemoy, Saul Lieberman, Harry A. Wolfson, William G.

By Leon Nemoy, Saul Lieberman, Harry A. Wolfson, William G. Braude

The Pesikta Rabbati, a suite of the discourses spoken in Palestinian synagogues and colleges throughout the first 1/2 the 1st millennium of the typical period, is wealthy in stories of old Rabbinic and Jewish Biblical historical past. according to the teachings in Scripture prescribed for the feasts, fasts, and exact Sabbaths within the Jewish Calendar, the Pesikta presents genuine information to the ideals which cost all the days with precise which means. The discourses infuse culture with a brand new measurement through proposing the feel of the day via description of up to date information and vibrant debts of specific occasions. The Pesikta additionally files the earliest example of Jewish ethical attitudes towards such concerns as polygamy and Christianity. "Every considerate scholar of non secular literature will once more be indebted to William G. Braude for making to be had in surprisingly readable English a gem of Rabbinic literature."—Eugene B. Borowitz, Professor of schooling and Jewish spiritual notwithstanding at Hebrew-Union university, long island. Yale Judaica sequence, 18.
William G. Braude is Rabbi of the Congregation Sons of Israel and David, windfall, Rhode Island.

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On account of the glory which the Holy One, blessed be He, bestows upon them at the time of their departure from the world. In the world’s use, when a man dies, his sons, if he has sons, attend him. But the Holy One, blessed be He, would not have it only thus,14 for as R. Isaac said: The Holy One Himself, blessed be He, attends the holy. And the proof? Thy righteous one 15 shall go before thee (Isa. ). In a similar vein the elder R. Hiyya said: When a holy man leaves this world, three companies of angels attend him: one saying Let him come in peace (Isa.

In a time of danger,4 however, [such as the time of H adrian’s persecution], he may kindle it within his house, but it is forbidden to do work by its light. R. Assi said: It is forbidden to use its light to see by. And why are lamps kindled during H anukkah? A t the time that the sons of the Hasmonean, the H igh Priest, triumphed over the kingdom of Greece—the time referred to in the verse When . . / raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece (Zech. 7 And why is the H a lle l8 1. P s a lm 3 0 u se d to b e r e a d in th e s y n a g o g u e d u r in g th e w e e k o f H a n u k k a h .

Ammi, and he said to me, I asked Resh Lakish, and he replied likewise, saying to me: Brimstone and salt. R. Berechiah said: T o explain what the teachers were holding back34 in their enigmatic reply o£ “ Brimstone,” [we would say:] With brimstone and salt the Holy One, blessed be He, intends to inflict punishment upon the wicked in Gehenna. 35 As R. Judah ben R. Il‘a’i 36 said: For seven years the Land of Israel burned with brimstone and salt, for it is said The whole Land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and a burning (Deut.

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