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Torah is greater than the priesthood or sovereignty, for sovereignty is acquired with thirty virtues, the priesthood with twenty-four, and Torah is acquired with forty-eight qualities. These are: study, listening, verbalizing, comprehension of the heart, awe, fear, humility, joy, purity, serving the sages, companionship with one's contemporaries, debating with one's students, tranquility, study of the scriptures, study of the Mishnah, minimizing engagement in business, minimizing socialization, minimizing pleasure, minimizing sleep, minimizing talk, minimizing gaiety, slowness to anger, good heartedness, faith in the sages, acceptance of suffering, knowing one's place, satisfaction with one's lot, qualifying one's words, not taking credit for oneself, likableness, love of God, love of humanity, love of charity, love of justice, love of rebuke, fleeing from honor, lack of arrogance in learning, reluctance to hand down rulings, participating in the burden of one's fellow, judging him to the side of merit, correcting him, bringing him to a peaceful resolution [of his disputes], deliberation in study, asking and answering, listening and illuminating, learning in order to teach, learning in order to observe, wising one's teacher, exactness in conveying a teaching, and saying something in the name of its speaker. Thus we have learned: One who says something in the name of its speaker brings redemption to the world, as is stated (Esther 2:22), "And Esther told the king in the name of Mordechai." Pirkei Avot 6:6

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Torah

is

greater

than

the

priesthood

or

sovereignty



for

sovereignty

is

acquired

with

thirty

virtues



the

priesthood

with

twenty

four



and

Torah

is

acquired

with

forty

eight

qualities



These

are:

study



listening



verbalizing



comprehension

of

the

heart



awe



fear



humility



joy



purity



serving

the

sages



companionship

with

one

s

contemporaries



debating

with

one

s

students



tranquility



study

of

the

scriptures



study

of

the

Mishnah



minimizing

engagement

in

business



minimizing

socialization



minimizing

pleasure



minimizing

sleep



minimizing

talk



minimizing

gaiety



slowness

to

anger



good

heartedness



faith

in

the

sages



acceptance

of

suffering



knowing

one

s

place



satisfaction

with

one

s

lot



qualifying

one

s

words



not

taking

credit

for

oneself



likableness



love

of

God



love

of

humanity



love

of

charity



love

of

justice



love

of

rebuke



fleeing

from

honor



lack

of

arrogance

in

learning



reluctance

to

hand

down

rulings



participating

in

the

burden

of

one

s

fellow



judging

him

to

the

side

of

merit



correcting

him



bringing

him

to

a

peaceful

resolution



of

his

disputes





deliberation

in

study



asking

and

answering



listening

and

illuminating



learning

in

order

to

teach



learning

in

order

to

observe



wising

one

s

teacher



exactness

in

conveying

a

teaching



and

saying

something

in

the

name

of

its

speaker



Thus

we

have

learned:

One

who

says

something

in

the

name

of

its

speaker

brings

redemption

to

the

world



as

is

stated

(Esther

2:22)



"And

Esther

told

the

king

in

the

name

of

Mordechai

"

Pirkei

Avot

6:6



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