Rabbi Samuel b. Nahmani said in Rabbi Jonathan’s name:

‘I will give thanks unto Thee, for Thou hast answered me’ was said by David.
‘The stone which the builders rejected is become the chief corner-stone’ by Jesse…
‘This is the Lord’s doing’, by his brothers…
‘This is the day which the Lord hath made’ by Samuel…

– Babylonian Talmud, Mas. Pesachim 119a

Cornerstone Quotables – Talmudic Reference to the ‘Cornerstone’

The Facts about Talmudic Sexual Morality


“The constant accusation that the Talmud is in any way sexually immoral or impure is one of the biggest lies ever told. In reality, the Rabbis of the Talmud were very strict about personal sexual behavior.”

* The Natural, Normal, and Traditional Sexual Morality of the Talmud *


The constant accusation that the Talmud is in any way sexually immoral or impure is one of the biggest lies ever told. Why? I’ve studied the ENTIRE Babylonian Talmud for many years and found it to be very sexually moral, more so than most forms of Christianity. In reality, the Rabbis of the Talmud were very strict about personal sexual behavior. For example, the Talmud insists that a husband may only have sex with his wife in total darkness. Any outside light source illuminating the interior of the marital bedroom was prohibited. Marital love even by the moonlight was seen as sinful and wrong. This is not to say the Rabbis were repressed in any way. Indeed, they come off as quite wise and down-to-earth about sexual matters. Their frank discussions of animal breeding practices would probably make a young girl blush, but their old-fashioned chivalry and respect for women prove the point that these Rabbis represented sort of an ancient version of the Anglo-Saxon country Gentleman.

* The Talmudic Opposition to the Devil’s ‘Handshake’ * ___________________________________

Because of the traditional Jewish respect for self-discipline and self-control, the Talmud’s attitude towards masturbation was far different than today’s Christian tolerance and acceptance of a sexual act still defined in the dictionary as self-abuse, or self-defilement. The Rabbis of the Talmud considered any man (or boy) who masturbated as being ‘worthy of death’. Here is the relevant Talmudic verses and their blatant condemnation of that diabolical method the Devil prefers to use all the while pretending to shake your hand in friendship.

== The Jewish Talmud’s References about Masturbation ==

Eleazar stated: “Who are referred to in the Scriptural text, ‘Your hands are full of blood?’ Those that commit masturbation with their hands.”

– Jewish Talmud, Niddah 13b

It was taught at the school of Rabbi Ishmael, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ implies, ‘You shall not practice masturbation with either hand or with foot.’

– Jewish Talmud, Niddah 13b

Rabbi Ammi stated: “He who excites himself by lustful thoughts will not be allowed to enter into the Presence of the Holy One, blessed be He.’ For here it is written, ‘Was evil in the sight of the LORD,’ and elsewhere it is written, ‘For You are not a God that takes pleasure in wickedness and evil shall not sojourn with You.'”

– Jewish Talmud, Niddah 13b

The Cornerstone, Part I. Above and Below the Jewish Talmud



The Stone which the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone.
By the LORD this has been done and it is wonderful in our eyes.

– Psalms 118:22-23

Part I. Above and Below the Jewish Talmud

The Jewish Talmud also contains metaphorical allusions to the two triangles which create the Star of David. Here are just a few passages related to this phenomenon:

Sanhedrin 103b



Once a man becomes poor in friends
below on earth… 





…he becomes poor above in Heaven.

Gittin 10b



The Jew signed first




..thinking that another Jew would sign above, but the lender got the signature of a Samaritan instead.
Sanhedrin 44b



Resh Lakish said: ‘He who devotes his strength to prayer



…has no enemies to overcome above.’ R. Johanan said: ‘One should ever implore mercy that all Heavenly beings may support his effort in prayer so that he may have no enemies on high.’


Yebamoth 105b



A man who offers up his prayers must direct his eyes towards the Temple
below, for it is said, ‘And Mine eyes and Mine heart shall be there perpetually’… 




…And the other said: ‘The eyes of him who offers up prayers shall be directed towards the
Heavens above, for it is said ‘Let us lift up our heart with our hand.’
Yebamoth 105b




A man who offers up his prayers must direct his eyes to the Temple below




…and his heart towards the Heavens above

Baba Bathra 11a



It is related of King Monobaz that he spent all his own savings and the savings of his fathers in years of scarcity. His brothers and his father’s household…said to him, ‘Your father saved money and added to the treasures of his fathers, and you are squandering them.’ He replied: “My fathers stored up below



…and I am storing above , as it says, ‘Truth springeth out of the earth and righteousness looketh down from Heaven.’ My fathers stored in a place which can be tampered with, but I have stored in a place which cannot be tampered with.

Talmud, Tanchum. Voeschanan

Death is designed for man from time immemorial. When the hour of man’s departure hence arrives, nothing will save him from it. If he had the wings of an eagle and could soar high up above the earth… 


…he would, of his own accord,
come down to meet his fate.–Death is a new gate for the righteous to enter in.
Berakoth 17a

One should always strive to be on the best terms with his brethren and his relatives and with all men and even with the heathen in the street, in order that he may be beloved above


…and well-liked below and be acceptable to his fellow creatures.’

Berakoth 29b


R. Eliezer says: ‘Do Thy will in heaven above

…and grant relief to them that fear Thee below and do that which is good in Thine eyes. Blessed art Thou, O Lord, who hearest prayer.’
Sotah 36a

Behold it is written: ‘And I will send the hornet before thee!’ R. Simeon b. Lakish said: ‘It stood by the bank of the Jordan and injected a virus [into the Canaanites] which blinded their
eyes above... 


…and castrated them below.’
Baba Mezi’a 86b

One should never break away from custom. For behold, Moses
ascended on High

…and ate no bread, whereas the Ministering Angels
descended below and ate bread.

May the LORD God bless you in the name of the Judeo-Christian tradition.