Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What to look for in a neighbourhood


"A city must possess ten things before a Torah scholar may live there: A doctor, a phlebotomist, a bathhouse, a latrine, a ready water supply, like a river or spring, a synagogue, a teacher of children, a scribe, tzedakah collectors, and a court that strikes and imprisons."

(Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Deiot 4:23)

[Compare with Sanhedrin 17b here.)

Have a great day,


  1. What is meant by a Torah Scholar? A pious person, or a Rabbi?

  2. cott-
    Good question. My gut is that talmid chacham [the Hebrew which I translated as "Torah scholar"] in this instance refers to a serious student of Torah, but I can't prove that.