Jose ben Kisma

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Rabbinical Eras

Jose ben Kisma (Hebrew: יוסי בן קיסמא‎, read as Yossi ben Kisma) was a Jewish Tanna sage of the third Generation.

Jose ben Kisma held moderate views, and had objected the rebellion against the Roman Authority. In that conjunction, the Midrash depicts a debate between him and Rabbi Haninah ben Teradion, one of the Ten Martyrs, over Torah studying against the prohibition of the Romans. The Midrash describes that when Jode ben Kisma died, the greatest of Rome came to bury him, and when they returned from his tomb, they found Haninah ben Teradion teaching Torah in public, and had executed him by Conflagration.

The Mishnah cites a Jose ben Kisma's essay:

"Once I was walking by the way, and there met me a man, and He greeted me; and I returned his greetings. He said to me, Rabbi, from what city art thou? I said to him, From a great city of sages and scholars, am I. He said to me, Rabbi, should it be thy wish to dwell with us in our place, and I will give thee thousand of thousands of dinars and gold, and goodly stones, and pearls. I said to him, If thou shouldest give me all the silver, and gold, and goodly stones, and pearls in the world, I would not dwell but in a place of Torah; and thus it is written in the book of Psalms, by the hands of David, king of Israel:'The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver (Psalms 118:72)'."

Pirkei Avot, ch. 6