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Maimonides taught that it is better that 10 criminals
by Norman Lamm

Maimonides taught that it is better that 10 criminals
go free than let one innocent man be executed.
The Innocence Project represents that point of view.
- Norman Lamm

As a result of this article, I was invited to testify
in the Senate Judiciary Committee on privacy law.
- Norman Lamm

Modern Orthodoxy has a highly positive attitude toward the State of Israel.
Our Ultra-Orthodox brethren recognize only the Holy Land,
but not the state.
- Norman Lamm

I showed that privacy was an implicit right in Jewish law,
probably going back to the second or third century,
when it was elaborated on in a legal way.
- Norman Lamm

 

However, the word madda in modern Hebrew specifically means science.
- Norman Lamm

No religious position is loyally served by refusing
to consider annoying theories which may well turn out to be facts.
- Norman Lamm

I was not the midwife of the Law School,
but its fraternal twin.
- Norman Lamm

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Most students have thoughts about emigrating to Israel.
A significant number go on aliyah.
We are proud of our Israel programs,
which come at a considerable cost to the university.
- Norman Lamm

Judaism is an intellectually based religion,
and the single most important theme is that of study.
- Norman Lamm

In Judaism, there are 613 biblical commandments,
and the Talmud says that the chief commandment of all is study.
- Norman Lamm

As far as YU faculty and students are concerned,
the love for Israel is very strong.
Probably about three thousand of our graduates have settled in Israel.
On average, every year 650 male and female students
study in Israel for a minimum of one year.
- Norman Lamm

Conventional dogmas, even if endowed with the authority of an Aristotle -
ancient or modern -
must be tested vigorously.
If they are found wanting, we need not bother with them.
But if they are found to be substantially correct,
we may not overlook them.
- Norman Lamm

My mother, whose family was heavily rabbinic,
said she wanted me to continue the family tradition in the rabbinate.
My father said he wanted me to be a scholar of the Talmud,
but he wanted me to make my living in science.
- Norman Lamm

I think our vision heretofore has been and should continue
to be to have Cardozo be the kind of law school that we can be proud of.
I would like to see it gain recognition as one of the
three best law schools in New York City.
- Norman Lamm

I was critical of the Israeli government,
however, for not being prepared for the move.
One does not uproot thousands of people without planning
in advance what will be done with them.
This was a political and human error in which the government functioned poorly.
- Norman Lamm

Not all Modern Orthodox Jews, at the present juncture,
identify with what the Israeli government does.
In Israel many religious Zionists strongly oppose the
government because of the disengagement.
- Norman Lamm

Most Modern Orthodox are religious Zionists.
Despite all differences and nuances among us,
we consider the founding of the State a historic change.
We accept it as something that came from Providence.
- Norman Lamm

At Cardozo, study of law is part of a larger culture.
You can get a law degree and make a good living,
but it is best that you do that having studied the
discipline for its own inherent merit,
because you love studying.
- Norman Lamm

You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes.
- Maimonides

The risk of a wrong decision is preferable
to the terror of indecision.
- Maimonides

No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means.
- Maimonides

You must consider, when reading this treatise,
that mental perception, because connected with matter,
is subject to conditions similar to those to which
physical perception is subject.
- Maimonides

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day;
teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
- Maimonides

To the totality of purposes of the perfect Law there belong the abandonment,
depreciation, and restraint of desires in so far as possible.
- Maimonides

Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books,
for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not
hesitate to do the same with his pen.
- Maimonides

Anticipate charity by preventing poverty.
- Maimonides

Teach thy tongue to say 'I do not know,'
and thou shalt progress.
- Maimonides

The whole object of the Prophets and the Sages was
to declare that a limit is set to human reason where it must halt.
- Maimonides

The same is the case with those opinions of man to
which he has been accustomed from his youth;
he likes them,
defends them, and shuns the opposite views.
- Maimonides

Be convinced that, if man were able to reach the end
without preparatory studies,
such studies would not be preparatory but tiresome and utterly superfluous.
- Maimonides

He, however, who begins with Metaphysics,
will not only become confused in matters of religion,
but will fall into complete infidelity.
- Maimonides

While one man can discover a certain thing by himself,
another is never able to understand it,
even if taught by means of all possible expressions and metaphors,
and during a long period; his mind can in no way grasp it,
his capacity is insufficient for it.
- Maimonides

All this is applicable to the intellectual faculties of man.
There is a considerable difference between one person
and another as regards these faculties,
as is well known to philosophers.
- Maimonides

Now, we occupy a lowly position, both in space and
rank in comparison with the heavenly sphere,
and the Almighty is Most High not in space,
but with respect to absolute existence,
greatness and power.
- Maimonides

Further, there are things of which the mind understands one part,
but remains ignorant of the other; and when man is
able to comprehend certain things,
it does not follow that he must be able to comprehend everything.
- Maimonides

One should see the world, and see himself as a scale
with an equal balance of good and evil.
When he does one good deed the scale is tipped to the good -
he and the world is saved.
When he does one evil deed the scale is tipped to the bad -
he and the world is destroyed.
- Maimonides

If a person studies too much and exhausts his reflective powers,
he will be confused, and will not be able to apprehend
even that which had been within the power of his apprehension.
For the powers of the body are all alike in this respect.
- Maimonides

You will certainly not doubt the necessity of studying astronomy and physics,
if you are desirous of comprehending the relation between
the world and Providence as it is in reality,
and not according to imagination.
- Maimonides

It is thus necessary to examine all things according to their essence,
to infer from every species such true and well established
propositions as may assist us in the solution of metaphysical problems.
- Maimonides

Do not imagine that what we have said of the insufficiency
of our understanding and of its limited extent is an
assertion founded only on the Bible:
for philosophers likewise assert the same,
and perfectly understand it,- without having regard
to any religion or opinion.
- Maimonides

How individuals of the same species surpass each other
in these sensations and in other bodily faculties is universally known,
but there is a limit to them, and their power cannot
extend to every distance or to every degree.
- Maimonides

Consequently he who wishes to attain to human perfection,
must therefore first study Logic, next the various
branches of Mathematics in their proper order,
then Physics, and lastly Metaphysics.
- Maimonides

Half of everything you were ever taught is wrong;
the question is which half.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I was taught that the way of progress
is neither swift nor easy.
- Marie Curie

Commitment cannot be taught;
it can only be caught.
I refer to the crusading spirit.
Without the crusading spirit,
you may have the starting power
but not the staying power.
- Jimmy Yen

One is taught by experience to put a premium
on those few people who can appreciate you for what you are.
- Gail Godwin

Jesus preached more and taught more
about helping the poor and the sick and the hungry
than he did about heaven and hell.
Shouldn't that tell us something?
- John Grisham

I honor you, Hero, for you do not play to the crowd.
You play to your own soul.
An audience of one fills the house with its appreciation and applause.
Others follow you, and may attempt to emulate you,
but that is not why you are a hero.
Fame may smile upon you, or it may not.
The world may cheer your name, or you may be the unknown warrior
who rescued comrades in battle,
or taught a young girl how to shed tears of joy.
Whatever you did, you did not do for fame.
If you had, you would not be a Hero.
You are a Hero for your bold courageous inspired action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own fatherhood,
but it didn't because parenting can only be learned
by people who have no children.
- Bill Cosby

Faith:
When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen:
...
There will be something solid for you to stand upon,
or, you will be taught how to fly
- Patrick Overton - from his book of poems: The Leaning Tree, 1975
[Widely mis-attributed to Barbara J. Winter, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and others]

The difference between school and life?
In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test.
In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.
- Tom Bodett

Bitter experience has taught us how fundamental our
values are and how great the mission they represent.
- Jan Peter Balkenende

As I have discovered by examining my past,
I started out as a child.
Coincidentally, so did my brother.
My mother did not put all her eggs in one basket,
so to speak: she gave me a younger brother named Russell,
who taught me what was meant by "survival of the fittest."
- Bill Cosby

But, alas!
what poor Woman is ever taught that she should have
a higher Design than to get her a Husband?
- Mary Astell

My dad taught me true words you have to use in every relationship.
Yes, baby.
- Star Jones

Personally, I'm always ready to learn,
although I do not always like being taught.
- Winston Churchill

My mom taught us the Serenity Prayer at a young age.
- Toby Keith

Leadership cannot really be taught.
It can only be learned.
- Harold S. Geneen

My father taught me how to substitute realities.
- Mira Sorvino

I am always ready to learn
although I do not always like being taught.
- Winston Churchill

My mother taught me about the power of inspiration and courage,
and she did it with a strength and a passion that I wish could be bottled.
- Carly Fiorina

It was my father who taught me to value myself.
He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that
I was the most precious thing in his life.
- Dawn French

One of the things I was taught in law school is that
I'd never be able to think the same again -
that being a lawyer is something that's part of who
I am as an individual now.
- Anita Hill

Cyberspace.
A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators,
in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts.
- William Gibson

The main thing experience has taught me is that one
has to sort of hone their relationship to time,
you know.
- John Frusciante

My experiences have taught me a lot and I'm happy with my learnings,
if not with what I went through to learn.
- Ally Sheedy

Dad taught me everything I know.
Unfortunately, he didn't teach me everything he knows.
- Al Unser

They were afraid, never having learned what I taught myself:
Defeat the fear of death and welcome the death of fear.
- G. Gordon Liddy

I got to grow up with a mother who taught me to believe in me.
- Antonio Villaraigosa

My mother taught me that we all have the power to achieve our dreams.
What I lacked was the courage.
- Clay Aiken

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.
Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.
- Ambrose Bierce


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