http://www.torah.org/learning/maharal/p2m8part2.html Keyword to research futher for everybody Maharal Rabbi Judah Loew, The Maharal of Prague (1525-1609) The Maharal was one of the most seminal thinkers in the post-medieval period. he developed an entirely new approach to the aggada of the Talmud and it is likely that no previous author devoted so much space to the interpretation of the non-halachic thought of the rabbis of the Talmud. He was held in great esteem by his contemporaries and has had a profound impact on all streams of Judaism. Rabbi Kook stated that the "Maharal was the father of the approach of the Gaon of Vilna on the one hand, and of the father of Chasidut, on the other hand." He has been described as a Kabbalist who wrote in philosophic garb. http://www.ou.org/pardes/bios/maharal.htm In translating the text of each Mishna, we will not necessarily follow the "standard" translation, but base our translation on the way the Maharal understands the text http://www.torah.org/learning/maharal/ Keyword to research futher for everybody Mishna (mish´ne) , in Judaism, codified collection of Oral Law—legal interpretations of portions of the biblical books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy and other legal material. http://www.ucalgary.ca/~elsegal/TalmudMap/Mishnah.html http://www.encyclopedia.com/html/M/Mishna.asp I would for all of you to consider what Jesus said here! Matthew 15:1-6 Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, "Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread." He answered and said to them, "Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? "For God commanded, saying, 'Honor your father and your mother'; and, 'He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.' "But you say, 'Whoever says to his father or mother, "Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God"; 'then he need not honor his father or mother.' Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.