In Judaism, there are 613 biblical commandments, and the Talmud says that the chief commandment of all is study.
It is written in the Jewish law book, the Talmud, that only the Jew is human, that Gentiles are only animals.
My privacy concerns have to do with the world, other people, technology intruding upon us - what Talmudic scholars once called 'the unwanted gaze.' Here I see major issues and concerns as society evolves, and I've written often on the subject.
If it be true that our people represent a high percentage of mental vigor, the distinction is probably due, in some measure, to the extremely important part which Talmud studies have played in the spiritual life of the race.