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This volume includes specimens which, either as complete texts or as extracts, are representative of the type of literature known as Ethical Wills. The testaments give an intimate insight into the personal religion of Jews and Jewish experience through many centuries.

praised in literature of remote antiquity, as far back as the third millennium before our era, and even then is probably repetition. There is no lack of later parallels for Babylonian- Assyrian counsels of wis-dom like Unto your opponent do no evil; Your evildoer recompense with good. . . . Do not slander, speak what is fine. Speak no evil, tell what is good. Similarly at a later date in China: To the good I act with goodness; To the bad I also act with goodness: Thus goodness is attained. Such counsel is hard to pay attention to even when it is delivered orally, when the words can be related to the emphasis created by the speaker’s gestures and facial expression and voice- pitch. Read in printed text or written document, the response almost in-evitably is, déjà entendu. All moralistic discourse is at a disadvantage, how-ever, not only because it says nothing new. Novelty or lack of novelty as such is not ultimately the de-termining factor. We are capable of revisiting cer-tain paintings, granted not endlessly but at least many times, or rereading certain poems or listening again to some musical compositions, with considera-ble ( though not necessarily the same kind of) en-joyment. On the other hand, moral treatises fail to affect us this way because what they say is not only not new, but even when we listen with only half an ear we know that they are an invasion into the most private interiors of our nervous system. They not only impinge on our esthetic or intellectual recep- [ 2] FOREWORD   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C

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Front MatterTitle PageCopyright PageForewordAdvertisementContentsIntroductionPART ONEI. SELECTIONS FROM THE EARLY RABBINIC LITERATURE1. Eleazar B. Hyrkanos and Johanan B. Zakkai2. ‘Akabya son of Mahalalel3. Jose son of Kisma and Hanina son of Teradyon4. Joshua son of Hananya5. Samuel the Younger6. ‘Akiba7. Judah ha-Nasi8. Rab9. Joshua B. Levi10. A Group of Sayings11. Causes of LongevityII. THE ''PATHS OF LIFE'', BY R. ELEAZAR THE GREATIII. A FATHER'S ADMONITION BY JUDAH IBN TIBBONIV. THE VIRTUE OF HUMILITY BY NAHMANIDESV. THE GATE OF INSTRUCTION ATTRIBUTED TO MAIMONIDESVI. EXTRACTS FROM THE ''RULE'' DRAWN UP BY R. ASHERVII. GUIDE TO KNOWLEDGE BY JOSEPH IBN KASPIIntroductionPART TWOVIII. THE TESTAMENT OF JUDAH ASHERIIX. THE FRUIT OF PIETISM FROM THE TESTAMENT OF JACOB ASHERIX. THE IDEALS OF AN AVERAGE JEW (TESTAMENT OF ELEAZAR OF MAYENCE)XI. A REGIMEN OF SELF-TAXATION AND THE TESTAMENT OF SOLOMON SON OF ISAACXII. PROTHANATION OF MOSES RIMOSXIII, XIV, XV. THE STUDY OF THE LAW COUNSELS OF THREE GENERATIONS BY ABRAHAM, JACOB, AND SHABTHAI HURVITZXVI. THE PASSING OF NATHANIEL TRABOTTI AS RECORDED BY HIS DISCIPLE SAMUEL BELGRADIXVII-XVIII. OCCASIONAL PRAYERSCOUNSELS OF A MYSTIC FROM THE TESTAMENT OF MOSES HASIDXIX. IN DEFIANCE OF DESPONDENCY FROM THE TESTAMENT OF ISRAEL BAALSHEMXX. ELIJAH DE VEALI TO HIS CHILDREN FROM THE TESTAMENT OF ELIJAH SON OF RAPHAEL DE VEALIXXI. LETTER OF ELIJAH (GAON) OF WILNAXXII. A TRUE MAN OF GIMZO. EXTRACTS FROM THE TESTAMENT OF ALEXANDER SUESSKINDXXIII. LOVE AND PEACE. EXTRACTS FROM THE TESTAMENT OF JOEL SON OF ABRAHAM SHEMARIAH
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