The Talmudic Formula for a Long Life

29 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2016 Last revised: 9 Sep 2019

See all articles by Hershey H. Friedman

Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Date Written: July 19, 2016

Abstract

The Talmud is one of the most influential books of Late Antiquity. Numerous passages in the Talmud promise longevity for various behaviors. Thus, Benjamin the Righteous had 22 years added to his life for providing a woman with charity and thereby saving her life and the lives of her seven children. Rabbi Pereda had an enormous number of years added to his life for a preternatural amount of patience when teaching a student. The author examines these passages and provides an overview of what deeds were considered important by the sages. The Talmudic recommendations for long life are categorized into five general groupings.

Keywords: Talmud, Talmudic stories, longevity, compassion, ethics, benevolence, Benjamin the Righteous, Rabbi Pereda

JEL Classification: B11, M14

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H., The Talmudic Formula for a Long Life (July 19, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2811992 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2811992

Hershey H. Friedman (Contact Author)

City University of New York - Department of Business Management ( email )

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Downloads
54
Abstract Views
475
rank
388,942
PlumX Metrics