Jerusalem Talmud, Nedarim 30b
תלמוד ירושלמי מסכת נדרים פרק ט דף מא טור ג /ה"א
ואהבת לרעך כמוך ר' עקיבה או' זהו כלל גדול בתורה בן עזאי אומ' זה ספר תולדות אדם זה כלל גדול מזה
Rabbi Akiva (second century CE) taught: "Love your neighbor as yourself." (Leviticus, 19) This is the most important rule in the Torah." Ben Azzai says: "This is the book of chronologies"(Genesis, 5) [Translation by Hillel and Panim. Edited for gender neutrality]

Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. What are these two sages are arguing over? What values does each argument reflect?

2. What social tendency does each position attempt to override?

3. What is the societal impact of each position?

Time Period: Rabbinic (Maccabees through the Talmud)