The Talmudic Formula for a Long Life
29 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2016 Last revised: 9 Sep 2019
Date Written: July 19, 2016
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
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