Hillel the Elder
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Historical Figure
Nationality: Roman Empire, citizen of Jerusalem
Date of Birth: 1st century BCE, year unknown
Date of Death: 10 CE
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Judaism
Occupation: Rabbi
Turtledove Appearances:
"Shtetl Days"
POD: c. 1940
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Hillel (הלל) (by tradition, b c.110 BCE; died 10 CE) was one of the most important figures in Jewish history. He is associated with the development of the Mishnah and the Talmud. He is popularly known as the author of two sayings: "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And when I am for myself, what am 'I'? And if not now, when?" and the expression of the ethic of reciprocity, or "Golden Rule": "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow."

The details of his early life are unknown, including the year of his birth. Tradition holds the Hillel, like Moses, died at the age of 120, but there is nothing to substantiate this.

Hillel the Elder in "Shtetl Days"Edit

Reb Eliezer referenced Hillel the Elder's statement of the "golden rule" to explain how he and his fellow Aryan reenactors would function as neo-Jews. He also pointed out that if the Greater German Reich had observed Hillel's teaching and not wiped out the original Jews, it would not have been necessary to recreate them.