Rabbi quotes:

  • First of all, the Jewish religion has a great deal in common with the Christian religion because, as Rabbi Gillman points out in the show, Christianity is based on Judaism. Christ was Jewish. -- Barbara Walters
  • There was reference made to a book written in Greek by a former Rabbi who had been converted to Christianity. There was reference to a publication of a high clergyman of Milan. Not even did Jews raise objections to that book. -- Julius Streicher
  • The unwounded life bears no resemblance to the Rabbi. -- Brennan Manning
  • If a person kills a tree before its time, it is like having murdered a soul.-Rabbi Nachman -- Martin Buber
  • Rabbi Zusya said that on the Day of Judgment, God would ask him, not why he had not been Moses, but why he had not been Zusya. -- Walter Kaufmann
  • Before his death, Rabbi Zusya said "In the coming world, they will not ask me: 'Why were you not Moses?' They will ask me: 'Why were you not Zusya? -- Martin Buber
  • Rabbi Kushner writes from a wealth of Jewish wisdom and pastoral devotion, but his theology is, I find, is wholly in keeping with contemporary Christian thought. So far as there is an answer to the conflict between the goodness of God and the bitterness of suffering, this is it -- Gerald Priestland
  • Calling a taxi in Texas is like calling a rabbi in Iraq. -- Fran Lebowitz
  • You can't appreciate a great day unless you've experienced bad ones." - Rabbi Glassman -- Simone Elkeles
  • [ Rabbi Shlomo ben Isaac] was the greatest commentator [of the Bible] we ever had. -- Elie Wiesel
  • I feel very privileged indeed to be appointed to be the next Chief Rabbi. -- Ephraim Mirvis
  • Rabbi means teacher, and I see the role of chief rabbi as chief teacher. -- Ephraim Mirvis
  • I have ended as a Reform Rabbi, grateful to Christianity for so many good things. -- Lionel Blue
  • Rabbi' means 'teacher,' and I see the role of chief rabbi as chief teacher. -- Ephraim Mirvis
  • Of all the rabbinic sages of antiquity, perhaps none was more influential or famous than Rabbi Akiva. -- Meir Soloveichik
  • A rabbi told me that when you have two problems - one near, one not so near - concentrate on the immediate one. -- Ariel Sharon
  • I knew there was only one place to go. I sank down into the center of my soul, grew still, and listened to the Rabbi's heartbeat. -- Brennan Manning
  • Perhaps we would do well to listen to the likes of Rabbi Harold Kushner, who contends that God is not really as powerful as we have claimed. -- Tony Campolo
  • Of course, afterward, I studied [commentary on the Bible by a Rabbi Moshe Dessauer] more closely. But, in truth, it doesn't touch me. It doesn't change my attitude toward the text. -- Elie Wiesel
  • I believe in Spinoza's God, who reveals Himself in the lawful harmony of the world, not in a God who concerns Himself with the fate and the doings of mankind... to Rabbi Herbert Goldstein (1929) -- Albert Einstein
  • I would like now to shed light in your heart on the truth of things, for it was not my will, but that of the Father and my Rabbi, which was done that faithful night. -- Judas Iscariot
  • In 1913, the noted German actor and director Paul Wegener was making a film in Prague when he heard the legend of Rabbi Loew, who created a golem to protect the inhabitants of the Prague ghetto from persecution. -- Kage Baker
  • The first profile piece on myself came about after my Rabbi sent information to the Jewish Chronicle on what I was up to. The story was then picked up by one of the nationals and things grew from there. -- Benjamin Cohen
  • Just for the record, I personally do agree with some of the sentiments of Rabbi Meir Kahane. I think he was right about certain things, wrong about other things, but I have absolutely nothing, no association whatsoever with Kahane Chai leaders. -- Aaron Klein
  • I have referred to [Rabbi Shlomo ben Isaac] on occasion, but I doubt that you will find his name in any of my indices. In my view, he is important in the history of interpretation; and that is a subject I have not approached directly. -- Frank Moore Cross
  • My wife and I are affiliated with a temple here in Los Angeles. We feel very close to the congregation and to the rabbi, who happens to be my wife's cousin and who I admire greatly. I talk to him regularly but I consider myself more spiritual than religious. -- Leonard Nimoy
  • If he'd [Jesus] been a little more concerned for his own safety and well being he may have toned things down a little bit and probably at best he'd be remembered as a Rabbi who said some cool things but that nobody really reads anymore. There's tons of them. -- Brad Warner
  • Every universe, our own included, begins in conversation. Every golem in the history of the world, from Rabbi Hanina's delectable goat to the river-clay Frankenstein of Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, was summoned into existence through language, through murmuring, recital, and kabbalistic chitchat -- was, literally, talked into life. -- Michael Chabon
  • From the Rabbis of the early Talmudic age I learned that there is never a last word on God. There's, you always continue to question. Even God himself could be questioned and you can keep arguing with one another and there will be no end to this conversation about the divine because no human expression of God can be ultimate. -- Karen Armstrong
  • There's a lovely Hasidic story of a rabbi who always told his people that if they studied the Torah, it would put Scripture on their hearts. One of them asked, "Why on our hearts, and not in them?" The rabbi answered, "Only God can put Scripture inside. But reading sacred text can put it on your heart, and then when your hearts break, the holy words will fall inside. -- Anne Lamott
  • Rock music had become my religion. Radio my church. And these DJs my priests, rabbis and gurus. -- Steven Van Zandt
  • I was born in Waukegan a long, long time ago. As a matter of fact, our rabbi was an Indian. -- Jack Benny
  • It was admitted by the early rabbis that the sectarians could be as full of good works as eggs were full of meat. -- Lionel Blue
  • I was born in Jerusalem with a religious background and a rabbi as a father... it was rather poor, but what we did have, we did have books. -- Ada Yonath
  • Clergymen tend to be unreliable and pompous figures. Seldom Jewish rabbis, less often Catholic priests, but Protestant ministers tend to be... not really very admirable. Not necessarily evil, but silly. And wrong, of course. -- Charlton Heston
  • Human excellence, parted from God, is like a fable flower, which, according to Rabbis, Eve plucked when passing out of paradise--severed from its native root, it is only the touching memorial of a lost Eden; sad, while charming--beautiful, but dead. -- Charles Villiers Stanford
  • I'm twelve years old. I run into a synagogue. I ask the rabbi the meaning of life. He tells me the meaning of life but he tells it to me in Hebrew. I don't understand Hebrew. Then he wants to charge me $600 for Hebrew lessons. -- Woody Allen
  • The dangers is that every religion, including the Catholic one, says "I have the ultimate truth." Then you start to rely on the priest, the mullah, the rabbi, or whoever, to be responsible for your acts. In fact, you are the only one who is responsible. -- Paulo Coelho
  • It's not about terror or anything else, it's about politics, and so it becomes more about politics than it does about faith. Orthodox rabbis - that is about faith. There's not a single Orthodox rabbi on this list. This is all Reformed rabbis that were - that made this list. -- Glenn Beck
  • We want to create, never mind the leaders or the bishops or chief rabbis or imams, or Popes. We want to create a grassroots movement where people will become attuned to uncompassionate discourse in the same way as we are now attuned to sort of gender imbalance in our speech. -- Karen Armstrong
  • I refuse to stand up in front of a rabbi and my friends and the woman I love - who I will tell you I can love with all my heart - and promise she will be the only one I will ever have until the day I die. Thats a lie. -- Gene Simmons
  • With two children of my own, I know what it means to balance the demands of family and career - and let's not even talk about finding a date for myself. Rabbi Shmuley keeps telling me he'll find me the perfect woman. My response is, 'As long as she's not a journalist'. -- Michael Jackson
  • Think about that: at a time when it was inconceivable to have a woman rabbi or a woman scholar of Christian theology or canon law, the Islamic civilization boasted hundreds of women who were authorities in Islamic law and Islamic theology and that taught some of the most famous male jurists and left behind a remarkable corpus of writings. -- Khaled Abou El Fadl
  • I learned early on that 'rabbi' means teacher, not priest. -- George Steiner
  • I wanted to be a soccer player. And then I wanted to be a rabbi. -- Jake Epstein
  • How can a rabbi not live with doubt? The Bible itself is a book of doubt. -- Arthur Hertzberg
  • My father was a rabbi and had a little synagogue in Canada, so I'm from Canada. I left there at 16. -- David Steinberg
  • An aged rabbi, crazed with liberalism, once said to me, We Jews are just ordinary human beings. Only a bit more so! -- Lionel Blue
  • The rabbi is often the regular preacher in the synagogue, the man whose sermons offer his community more general theological and moral guidance. -- David Novak
  • A rabbi should not despair if people do not do as much as they should. Every parent has that with children. God is merciful. -- Louis Finkelstein
  • A traditional rabbi is the man to whom the community and its members turn to rule on what Jewish law requires of them, particularly in cases of doubt. -- David Novak
  • God is my best friend. I talk to God every day. And no one can tell me how to talk to God - not no imam, not no priest, not no rabbi, no pastor. -- Eve
  • In my neighborhood, everyone had an opinion on the local cantor. You didn't go to a synagogue to listen to the rabbi's sermon. You went to listen to the cantor. It was like a concert. -- Alan Dershowitz
  • When I would hear the rabbi tell about some miracle such as a bush whose leaves were shaking but there wasn't any wind, I would try to fit the miracle into the real world and explain it in terms of natural phenomena. -- Richard P. Feynman
  • I refuse to stand up in front of a rabbi and my friends and the woman I love - who I will tell you I can love with all my heart - and promise she will be the only one I will ever have until the day I die. That's a lie. -- Gene Simmons
  • There's this great fear, and I find, lack of knowledge of Catholicism, just like I'm ignorant of other things. I think we should all visit each other's places of worship and get to know a priest, get to know a rabbi. It's not that scary. I think Scientology is scary, and I don't understand Jehovah's Witnesses, but I haven't spent time with them. -- Catherine Hicks
  • Jesus must have been married to have been called a rabbi. -- Darrel Ray
  • there comes a time in every rabbi's life when he thinks he's Moses. -- Silvia Tennenbaum
  • I want a priest, a rabbi and a Protestant minister. I want to hedge my bets. -- Wilson Mizner
  • Direct religious experience is threatening to organized religion, which often mediates it with a rabbi or priest. -- Rodger Kamenetz
  • To me designing has never been a job or profession. It's a way of life, like a priest or rabbi. -- Ed Benguiat
  • Everyone needs a spiritual guide: a minister, rabbi, counselor, wise friend, or therapist. My own wise friend is my dog. -- Gary A. Kowalski
  • The beth din is the court of the chief rabbi. I see myself taking an active role within the beth din. -- Ephraim Mirvis
  • If I see any politician or a priest or an imam or a rabbi in the Paradise, I will give up believing in God! -- Mehmet Murat ildan
  • I'm not a practicing kabbalist. I'm not a spiritual master. I'm not a rabbi. I don't - but it's part of who I am. -- John Zorn
  • I am not a priest, I am not an imam, I am not a rabbi and I am implementing the French laws on every French citizen. -- Jacques Myard
  • Ironically, my rabbi was a bar mitzvah Nazi. So I got bar mitzvahed. And though I didn't want to, the theme of my bar mitzvah party was Madonna. -- Billy Eichner
  • It is easy for a rabbi to establish prohibitions, but a rabbi's real strength is to teach Torah and rule on lawwith an emphasis on what is permitted. -- Ovadia Yosef
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