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Examples of Shammai
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.
Here there is no word of a sabbatical year.
Shammai, an architect by profession, threatened the heathen with his builder's measuring rod and drove him out.
The story that is told in the Talmud is one of the most familiar; yet no repetition can lessen its point and charm.
The man went to Hillel with the same request.
A heathen, it is related, came to Shammai, the leader of a rival school, requesting to be received into Judaism and instructed in the whole of the religion while he stood upon one leg.