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Definition of Hillel

  • Palestinian rabbi and interpreter of Judaic law

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It was during the period of Herod's activity that the Pharisees, strictly speaking, enjoyed their greatest prosperity (Sameas and Abtalion, Hillel and Shammai); in the synedrium they became so numerous as almost to equal the priests and elders.
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The presidency was hereditary in the family of Hillel, with the last descendants of whom the court itself came to an end.
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Towards the end of the 2nd century the Pharisaic doctrine of Hillel as it had been further matured by Akiba was codified and elevated to the position of statute law by the patriarch Rabban Judah the Holy (Mishna).
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The boy Hillel had come from his obscure home in Babylon, bent upon study at the most famous school in Palestine, whose teachers, Shemaya and Abtalion, were heads of the Synhedrion, the Supreme Court of Jurisdiction.
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Poor and proud, Hillel supported himself by manual labor while he was securing his education.
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Within a few short years Hillel himself had succeeded his teachers as the head of this famous school, and also as President of the Synhedrion.
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Hillel's career is a shining example of the democratic principle which has always prevailed in Jewish life, of the opportunity open to all men of talents, however humble their origin, to achieve position in the republic of Jewish learning.
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And learning combined with noble character, as in the case of the great Hillel, carried authority in Jewish life.
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It is true that Hillel was not without letters patent of nobility; though he came from poverty and obscurity and from an alien land, he was, according to tradition, of the blood of David.
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It is not, however, to this accident of birth, known only later, that Hillel owed his quick rise and supreme eminence in Jewish life, but to his distinguished attainments, to his profound learning not only in the Jewish Law but in many secular fields of knowledge, to his bold and original mind combined with a pious devotion to tradition, to his indomitable energy and industry, his nobility of character, his sympathy with the people and his understanding of their needs.
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Not Unto Another_" It was Hillel who first enunciated the Golden Rule, although in negative form.
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The man went to Hillel with the same request.
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And in the interpretation of that "commentary" which, together with the Torah itself, enshrined the spirit of Judaism and made it a throbbing reality in the life of the nation, Hillel brought out the humanity of every regulation, the true intent behind it, whenever literal enforcement would have worked hardship or might have defeated its true intent because of the changed circumstances since its enactment.
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While keeping faithfully within the spirit of Jewish tradition, Hillel struck out into innovations, new precedents and legal institutions, which testified at once to the remarkable insight and boldness of his mind as a jurist and to his tact and sympathy as a leader of the people.
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Hillel's keen mind and sympathetic heart found a way out of this difficulty.
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And so the new ordinance established by Hillel removed the hardship of the Biblical enactment, the purpose of which was humanitarian.
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By Hillel's innovation, the true spirit of that law was maintained, and applied in accordance with its real intent in an age when the economic conditions were vastly different from the time when the law itself was established.
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Our modern lawyers and reformers in this country may well take a leaf out of this progressive conservatism of our great democratic teacher Hillel.
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Other decisions of Hillel equally significant could be cited.
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A study of Hillel's jurisprudence-both the theory and the decisions affecting the workaday life of the people-will give one an appreciation not only of the beautiful spirituality of the master, his erudition and his imagination, but the characteristic coalition of letter and spirit, the emphatic sense of social justice, which has prevailed in the whole system of Jewish law.
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Examples of Hillel

Example #1
They were driven out of their native sphere-the political-into the region of theoretical and ecclesiastical discussion, where they continued, but on quite unequal terms, their old dispute with the Pharisees.
Example #2
Here there is no word of a sabbatical year.
Example #3
At first its seat was at Jamnia, but it soon removed to Galilee, and remained longest at Tiberias.
Example #4
They formed themselves into a college which regarded itself as a continuation of the old synedrium, and which carried forward its name.
Example #5
One consequence of the process of intellectual isolation and of the effort to shape everything in accordance with hard and fast rules and doctrines was the systematisation and codification of juristic and ritual tradition, a work with which a beginning was made in the century following the destruction of Jerusalem.
Example #6
But whether the attainment of this purpose by incredible exertion was a real blessing to themselves and the world may very well be disputed.