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Akiva ben Joseph

  • Clergyman

Akiba ben Yosef (Hebrew: עֲקִיבָא בֶּן יוֹסֵף‬, c. 50–135 CE) also known as Rabbi Akiva (רַבִּי עֲקִיבָא‬), was a tanna of the latter part of the first century and the beginning of the second century (the third tannaitic generation). Rabbi Akiva was a leading contributor to the Mishnah and to Midrash halakha. He is referred to in the Talmud as Rosh la-Hakhamim "Chief of the Sages". He was executed by the Romans in the aftermath of the Bar Kokhba revolt.


The tradition is a fence around the law; tithes are a fence around riches; vows are a fence around abstinence; a fence around wisdom is silence.




Jesting and levity accustom a man to lewdness.




Beloved are Israel, for they were called children of God; still greater was the love in that it was made known to them that they were called children of God, as it is written, 'Ye are the children of the Lord your God.'




Even the poorest in Israel are looked upon as freemen who have lost their possessions, for they are the sons of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.




Wheresoever thou findest a high mountain or a lofty hill and a green tree, know that an idol is there!




He that wounds himself, even though he has not the right, is not culpable; but if others have wounded him, they are culpable.




All is foreseen, but freedom of choice is given.



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