Teaching the Torah on One Foot

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

A certain cynical man went to the house of Rabbi Hillel, and said mockingly, “Your Torah, your wonderful Torah! I will become your student if you can teach it to me while I stand on one foot.”

Now Rabbi Hillel knew that the man was mocking his tradition, as there is never an end to the study of the Torah, but he said, “Very well, I shall teach you the whole Torah, and I will do so while I also stand on one foot!” So the Rabbi stood on one foot and said, “This is our Holy Torah: What is hateful to you, do not do unto others.”

Then he put his foot down and looked directly at the man, and said, “That is the meaning of the whole Torah. All the rest is commentary.” The man instantly became a disciple of the great Rabbi.

– Edited from a posting on the Sufi Family Yahoo Group.

Ya Haqq!



6 Responses to Teaching the Torah on One Foot

  1. Achelois says:

    What a beautiful and true lesson!

  2. Shahrzad says:

    Beautiful story. There is same hadith in Islamic book too :)

  3. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Sisters:

    Beautiful and true indeed, Sister Suroor :) And Sister Shahrzad, this golden rule is common to all religions. Here is the hadith included in an old post on Darvish :)


    Ya Haqq!

  4. Maithri says:

    Wow! A beautiful truth so tenderly conveyed.

    Blessings to you and your family dear Brother,


  5. mshahin says:

    Subhanallah! That is the core of it. How we treat each other, is so important in the eyes of God.

    Thank you for sharing this wise story :)

  6. Subhanallah, it also shows the commonalities between the many religious traditions!

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