Tillerson (Pirkei Avot 2:6)


About day old news about the recent Tillerson removal from the State Department, which is already old news, I was reminded of an even older rabbinic dictum.

Among the many fine sayings ascribed to Hillel in Pirkei Avot and elsewhere is this little gem.

“He also saw a skull floating upon the water. Said he to it: Because you drowned others, you were drowned; and those who drowned you, will themselves be drowned” (Pirkei Avot 2:6).

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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