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Jewish Words of Wisdom: Quotes from December

From the Week of 29 Kislev 5758/December 28, 1997

All quotes this week from A Treasury of Jewish Quotations Joseph L. Baron, ed.

"Who finds a faithful friend finds a treasure" (Apocrypha: Ben Sira 6:14)

"A friend is not known in prosperity" (Apocrypha: Ben Sira 12:8)

"Friendship is man's greatest gift" (M. Ibn Ezra, Shirat Yisrael)

"A friend will prove himself in times of trouble" (M. Ibn Ezra, Shirat Yisrael)

"Who looks for a faultless friend will have none" (Lazerov, Enciklopedie fun Idishe Vitzen)

"Friendship is like a treasury: you cannot take from it more than you put into it" (Mandelstamm, Mishle Binyamin)

From the Week of 22 Kislev 5758/December 21, 1997

"For it is You who will light my lamp, HASHEM, my G-d, illuminates my darkness" (Psalm 18:29, ArtScroll trans.)

"The L-RD is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? The L-RD is the strength of my life. Of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalm 27:1, Davka trans.)

"Happy is the people who know the joyful sound; they shall walk, O L-RD, in the light of your countenance." (Psalm 89:16, Davka trans.)

"Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep Your righteous judgments." (Psalm 119:105-106, Davaka trans.)

"The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. I open my mouth and pant; because I long for Your commandments." (Psalm 199:130-131, Davka trans.)

"Even the darkness is not dark for You; but the night shines like the day; darkness is as light with You." (Psalm 139:12, Davka trans.)

"For the commandment is a lamp; and the Torah is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life" (Proverb 6:23, Davka trans.)

Quotes for the Week of 15 Kislev 5758/December 14, 1997

Note:This week, all the quotes come from Words of the Wise by R. Alcalay

"Blessed be the L-RD, the G-d of Israel, Who alone does wonderous things" (Psalms 72:18)

"Whoever sees a place where miracles happened to Israel must say: Blessed be He Who worked wonders for our ancestors in this place!" (Talmud, Berakhot)

"A miracle does not happen every hour" (Talmud, Megillah)

"One must not rely on miracles happening" (Talmud, Pessahim)

"Stand not in a place of danger, saying 'a miracle may happen to me'!" (Talmud, Shabbat)

"The man to whom a miracle happens is not aware of it himself" (Talmud, Niddah)

"Every day many a miracle happens to the sons of Israel; were it not for G-d's miracles, we should -- Heaven forbid! -- have perished long ago" (Eibschutz)

"He who depends on a miracle will experience none" (Sefer Hahinukh)

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