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Wise words with a Jewish history

1.Too much modesty is half-conceit.

2. Ease destroys bravery, troubles–create strength.

3. A half-truth is a whole lie

4. Knowledge is a hoard from which nothing can be lost. 

5. Let the wise be your guide, but not your god.

6. Our knowledge often gets in the way of our understanding.

7. The righteous of any faith will be rewarded in the world to come. 

8. The height of the intellect is to distinguish between the real and the impossible , and submission to what is beyond one`s power.

9. A person should be more concerned with spiritual than with material matters, but another person`s material welfare is his own spiritual concern.

10. Truth is the light by which to find your way out of darkness.

11. Life offers its wisdom generously. Everything teaches. Not everyone learns.

12. There is always hope for the man who is capable of being ashamed.

13. In seeking wisdom thou art wise, in imagining that thou has attained it, thou art a fool.

14. He who asks mercy for another while he himself is in the same need, will be answered first.

15. You are not as good as you think, and the world is not as bad as you think. Get to know yourself better, and you will get to know the world better.

16. I am delighted when I hear a wise person speak, but even more appreciative when a foolish person remains silent.


17. The “naked truth” is a familiar expression. In reality, truth is always naked, because if it is dressed up, it is no longer truth.. That is probably why so many people avoid the truth. They are embarrassed  by its nudity.

18. A child had a nightmare in which he envisioned his family in a small boat on a      stormy sea, and he was only able to save either his father or mother., but not both. His solution was to wake up. Even in real life, some problems which present unbearable stresses must go away if we just wake up.

19 It requires wisdom to understand wise words. The music is nothing if the audience is deaf.

20. Be the master of your will and the slave of your conscience.

21. Be certain to keep a promise made to a child, otherwise you are instilling within him, a propensity to lie at an early impressionable age.

22. Only a few of those who rule over others can rule over themselves.

23. If a person does not recognize their own worth, how can they recognize the worth of others.

24   Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

25. In Judaism, to be without questions, is not a sign of faith, but a lack of depth.

26. The wise man, even when he holds his tongue, says more than the fool when he speaks.

27. When a father gives to his son, both laugh. When a son gives to his father, both cry.

28. The bird that set you free may be caught again, but a word that escapes your lips will not return.

29. Some mistake an act of wilfulness, for an act of will.

30. What is ‘chutzpah” Going to a psychiatrist because of a split personality and asking for a group rate.

31 When all men think alike, no one thinks very much.

 32. A contract is valid only for honest men.

33.  A man may hide himself from his enemies, but not from his friends.

34.  Being great does not excuse one from being good

35.  Be careful of two men and guard yourself against them; the friend of your enemy and the enemy of your friend

36.  It is easier to fight for one`s principles than to live up to them.

37.  The man surrounded by dwarfs, looks like a giant.

38. Letting go is not the same as giving up

39. Love blinds us to faults, hatred to virtues

40. When something important is going on, silence is a lie.

41. The one prediction that never comes true, You`ll thank me for telling you this.

42. Lust is what keeps you wanting to have sex even when you have no desire to be with each other. Love is what makes you want to be with each other, even when you have no desire for sex.

43. Life is like a grindstone, whether it grinds you down or polishes you up, depends on what you are made of.

44. A fool is his own informer

45. The wisest of men can fool himself.

46. An attitude should be the result of a thought, not a prelude to it.

47. Truth is heavy, that is why few people carry it.

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Name: Murray Rubin

Short Bio: I was born in Toronto in 1931 to a wonderful mother who divorced shortly before my birth. I owe a great deal of my success to her. I am Jewish but not at all religious, yet my culture plays an important part of my personality. I attended Harbord Collegiate and U. of T. Faculty of Pharmacy. A unique mail-order pharmacy was the first of my endeavours in the profession, followed by many stores throughout Ontario. I have a loving wife, 3 children and grand-children and I am now retired from pharmacy. But what do I write about? Everything! My topics are funny, serious, whimsical, timely, outrageous, inspiring, and inventive. I promise that if you take the time to read any one of these topics – you will not be sorry.

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  • It doesn”t apply to us anymore since Jesus was our ultimate sacrifice. I know my Old Testament well enough to be aware of that and am glad that we as Christians don”t have to sacrifice animals anymore for our salvation. I don”t think that any of us could live under let alone fulfill all the requirements of the Old Testament laws. We”d all be in a heap of big trouble if we did since no one could fulfill those requirements of thou shall do this and thou should not do that. Reading all the requirements especially in Leviticus and Numbers gives me a headache and massive confusion trying to comprehend the full extent of the Old Testament law. 4 gluten sensitivity


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