The Maharal, (and I am taking some liberty in my interpretation, but I think and hope that the Maharal might agree with me). Shammai, bothered by the chutzpah of this non-Jew (imagine going to a nuclear physicist and asking … The first thing to note is that when it comes to Jewish learning, we all need an accessible way in. Why would a rabbi be upset if the asker wanted to spend months, years, standing on one foot? I always heard this as the guy wanted the rabbi to stand on one foot while teaching the Torah. This is quite peculiar. Hillel was a very humble and patient man, and there are many stories that illustrate this. Go study it.” The study of Torah is the relationship to one’s own soul. To then interpret this as the wiseguy standing on one foot requires the intelligence of one who says "I could care less." Start your own podcast today and share your content with the world. Torah On One Foot Rabbi Stanway's weekly reflection based on the weekly Torah portion. The Talmud (Shabbat 31a) relates that a non-Jew once came to Hillel and asked him to teach him the entire Torah while he, the non-Jew, stood on one foot. Clearly also my fellow human being is another form of friend. One famous account in the Talmud (Shabbat 31a) tells about a gentile who wanted to convert to Judaism. The Haftorah. On One Foot The great Talmudic sage Hillel was born in Babylonia in the first century BCE. A certain non-Jewish “wise-guy” came to scoff at the Torah, first to the home of Shammai, then to the home of Hillel. This is the law and the prophets. “And I can stand on somebody else’s foot for a lot longer than that!” First, he came to the sage, Shammai and he makes his request, "Teach me the Torah, Rabbi, as I stand upon one foot." Now granted this rule is very important and very central, but how exactly is all of Judaism a commentary on this rule? It is packed with articles, podcasts, critical times, and more! I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go." “That is the entire Torah,” Hillel told him, “the rest is simply an explanation. : One-Foot Judaism. Office@GatewaysOnline.org. Shabbat 31b. Such as "Explain the Torah while he stands on one foot" would be ambiguous. Reply, Well, of course Pharaoh didn't study it -- he was a different religion, Ra, Osiris, etc. A heathen said to Shammai, "Teach me the whole Torah whilst I stand on one foot." All the rest is commentary. Hillel then went on to say “That which is hateful unto you, do not do unto your friend, the rest [of the Torah] is commentary, go and learn.”. A man asked Rabbi Hillel to teach him the entire Torah, the five books of Moses, while standing on one foot. 2 When he came before Hillel, (he also … This happened not infrequently, and this individual stated that he would accept Judaism only if a rabbi would teach him the entire Torah while he, the prospective convert, stood on one foot. Text and image by chassidic artist Shoshannah Brombacher. Answer: To a certain extent, it is possible to say while standing on one foot that the Torah of father, Ha-Rav ztz"l is: unity, wholeness and perfection - unity of Hashem, wholeness of the Nation and the Land and perfection of the Torah. This gentle sage accepted the challenge, and said: "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. Click jewishpodcasts.fm/signup to get started. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation of this—go and study it! Ex 5:2Pharaoh did not study his Torah. According to the Talmud, Shammai picked up a builder's rule, smacked him alongside his head and dismissed him. Everything in the Torah is a commentary on how to live your life with a sensitivity toward all there of our relationships. This is actually the Torah, on not one foot but two. 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