For the student organization, see Hillel (Organization).

Hillel was a famous rabbi in Babylonia and Jerusalem over two thousand years ago.

If I am not...

While Hillel made many significant cultural contributions, one of the most well known is probably the following quote:


If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And when I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?
-- Hillel

Millions of references have been made to this famous quote.

אם אין אני לי, מי לי; וכשאני לעצמי, מה אני; ואם לא עכשיו, אימתי

Knesset Menorah P5200009 Hilel

Image of Hillel the Elder teaching a man from the Knesset Menoarh in Jerusalem.


Im ain ani li mi li
Uch'she'ani l'atzmi, ma ani
V'im lo achshav eymatai

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References about the "If I am not..." quote.

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